José walks carefully around the rotten, creaking floorboards as he gets ready in the morning because the fear of the floor collapsing is very real. Years of limited income and heavy bills have caused the Sanchez family to defer large maintenance projects on their home. They are most concerned about this hole in their upstairs bathroom, not to mention the water leaking down into the kitchen below each time someone takes a bath.
For almost 33 years, Elba and José Sanchez have lived in their home on Wilmington, Delaware's Westside. Their home has provided them and their children with protection and stability as they weathered every storm together. Now, instead of protecting them, their home has become a danger instead.
Mold in the house affects the whole family, but daughter Isabel suffers the most. Frequent sinus infections and postnasal drip often make her sick, keeping her from work that provides much needed money for her family. An old, faulty furnace provides little warmth in the winter—not helped by the deteriorating windows that let in every gust of wind as it blows through the gaps.
Isabel helped her parents apply for help from Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County through the A Brush With Kindness program, which provides urgent home repairs that keep members of our community, like Elba and José, in their homes to age in place.
HabitatNCC needs YOUR help to keep families like the Sanchezes in their homes. With you, we build homes, communities, and hope.