Clara and Mark Gomez’ family began their Habitat journey in 1997. After seeing their friend partner with a Habitat affiliate in Nebraska, Clara, Mark, and their four children set out to explore the same opportunity. With Clara, Mark, and two of their children living with hearing impairment and deafness, their journey was unique but life changing nonetheless.
The Gomez family needed a place to settle down with their sons, who were at the time ages 16, 14 and 8, and daughter who was 6. It was crucial for Clara and Mark to find a safe and respectable place to raise their family, and thankfully in 2008, they found a solution through Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity. Homeownership has given the Gomez family unmeasurable opportunity, and exposed their children to responsibility and possibility.
Now having lived in their home since 2008, Clara mentions that it is much more than a house- it is an opportunity to live peacefully and for that they feel incredibly blessed. The family now enjoys life comfortably, while patiently looking forward to the future of “grandparent-hood.” Partnership with FVHH hasn’t just impacted Clara and Mark, but their children, and future grandchildren, making it three generations who have and will be directly impacted by their partnership with Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity.