October 2017-Disaster Recovery Takes Priority

As we complete the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month this September we dive right into October 2017 with tremendous heartache and sadness. The world is getting more diverse and the mindset of the population more ambiguous. The division and the strife between the classes grows bigger.

At Habitaciones Para Latinos Association we don’t take sides, we don’t discriminate, we don’t ask why?

Habitaciones Para Latinos Association is a service organization with one mission in mind. To help those who are hurting that do not have the means to recover and be self sufficient without outside help. We do this in our part of the world by providing FREE home repair support to qualifying home owners.

The tragic result of the hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and Islands in the Caribbean has left folks not only homeless but without basic physiological resources such as food and water. Groups from all over the world are providing support in an-all out effort to save lives and bring relief to those suffering.

Without detracting from the current dire situation please know that we have folks experiencing these kinds of problems everyday in our area. We thank God that our problem is to only locate and verify these people but, once located they are guaranteed shelter, food & water. Seldom are we at a place where resources can’t be delivered where they are needed. The pain however, is still huge if maybe for a shorter period of time. Waiting for a first responders to arrive while suffering from a collapsed lung or a broke arm while trapped in a vehicle or tons of concrete seems like an eternity.

In our business it maybe no hot water, stopped up sewer or gray water lines. A smoke detector that continuously beeps begging for a new battery but overseeing an occupant that is disabled and unable to make the sound stop. A failed air conditioner or a failed furnace in the dead of winter. We help those who are hurting one client at a time and we don’t have the resources or the man power to stop the pain fast enough.

Habitaciones Para Latinos is closing in on its second year of existence and our photo galley reflects some of the projects we have been involved in. You can also find us on faceBook. None of what we do would be possible without the support of our volunteers and the donations received. I continue to remind everyone every time I can that no salaries or overhead is paid to HPLA volunteers or staff.

Please use the donate button to contribute now. It will go to directly benefit those people that are hurting just a little bit faster. I know you will be blessed ten-fold for doing so. Happy Halloween, Felice Dia de Los Muertos… God Bless You & God Bless America

August 2017-Preparing for School

If I can take you back with me to those days in elementary school when the list of schools supplies required for say 1st, 2nd, 3rd grade students seemed so simple and inexpensive. Some number two pencils and the BIG CHIEF tablet. A pencil sharpener in every class room.
But as an example of just a partial list of todays needs we begin with a required Backpack.(No wheels)
#2 Pencils, non-mechanical
12 pocket expandable file folder
24 ct. crayons
Yellow and Orange double-pocket paper folder with center brads
Classic Colors washable thick markers
Colored pencils 8 pack
Black dry erase markers
Colored markers
Glue Sticks
Spiral Notebooks, Wide Rule (red, blue, green, yellow)
Clorox wipes
Plastic pocket folder
Pencil bag
Red pens
Plastic school box without handles
Post It Notes 3″ x 3″
Facial Tissue
Notebook paper
Ear buds or Headphones
Expo markers
etc. etc.
Not only is the number of items required to be supplied by the student increased the cost of each item has sky rocketed.
At HPLA (Habitaciones Para Latinos Association) we are dedicated to helping those who are hurting with minor home repair cost. This week an above normal storm developed right over the our city and dumped 6-10 inches of rain in two to three hours. Record floods insured and devastating damage resulted. folks were left homeless other lost all belongings. School supplies acquired in advance and in preparation gone.
So we helped put up power lines, we help patch roofs, we help repair major damage and we worked long hours.
Are things improving, are folks lives coming back together? Yes, but at a tremendous cost.

It is our hope that those of you reading this post and have been able to avoid loss help us to help others by contributing to our work. The donate button on this site allows you to securely send us replacement funds so we can keep helping with our everyday mission which allows to do our work everyday.

Thank you and may God Bless You for all you do.