Week of June 20, 2016-Blight Reduction

This week we move forward knowing many Fathers had no family or no friends to celebrate with last weekend. There is much effort expended to reach out to those who have out-lived all their friends and family. In the same light I see so many seniors who are widowed or divorced and have little resources to maintain their dignity. Reading  through the list of those in need it is hard to prioritize which class is most important. For Habitaciones Para Latinos Association we are focusing on the latino community who falls at or below the poverty level. Our expertise in home repair and handyman services are vital to all those in need who own their own home and are struggling to maintain it. Currently we are working with three high priority properties who all need roof repair. This is one of the most expensive areas for the home owner to maintain and home owners insurance is a luxury for these folks in need and unaffordable.

We are currently having a long dry, hot spell in this area so leaky roofs are prime for repair and must be done quickly as when the rains come they come will come with a vengeance.

So, what is your priority when it comes to helping others. Has your employer talked you into a payroll deduction for the United Way. They are a wonderful charity and have a positive impact on many projects but little money trickles down to an SSI recipient with Leukemia who is trying to rebuild her home which has become uninhabitable. The cost of operating some of these big charities, some of which are paying huge salaries to executives and lobbyists are not trickling down to these individuals who are forced to jump through hoops to get help. Many of these folks have no idea help is available much less have the ability to work through the process while trying to sustain their health and other basic physiological day-to-day needs. (i.e. food, shelter).

What can you do as an individual? From the Internal Revenue Service to Habitaciones Para Latinos Association I quote the following:

“We’re pleased to tell you we determined you’re exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c) (3). Donors can deduct contributions they make to you under IRC section 170. You’re also qualified to receive tax-deductible bequests , devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106, or 2522.” 

Please know that all contributions received will go directly to help those in need and the cost of maintaining and operating HPLA will be done with profits earned and created by D&R Services, Inc. a for profit company which dedicates 90+ percent of all its profit to support HPLA.

Please visit our website and click on the donate button or send your checks directly to:

Habitaciones Para Latinos Association

6354 Stevenson Street

Shawnee, Kansas 66218


On-behalf of all those we serve please accept our sincere gratitude for your support to us in need in our community. “Look at your gift as if you are personally feeding a hungry child yourself with your own hands” No bureaucracy in the way!


Robert L. Flores


HPLA (Habitaciones Para latinos Association)

Following those in Need

Week of 4/18/2016
As the work week begins the needs just grow. This past week we have had a washing machine go out and a water leak show up which is wasting precious resources.

The washing machine is beyond repair and a new machine or a good used machine will need to be acquired and delivered. There are plenty of business out there that are willing to discount there profits to help but so far no free machines have cropped up. It is unfortunate and it seems unfair that there maybe hundreds of people that may have a used washer which they will gladly donate. The down side is they are not here where we need them to be at the exact moment when we need them. The next best thing is money which can be used immediately and in any part of the world. That is a slippery slope as there are so many slippery people waiting to take advantage.

As of a few minutes ago the washing machine is going to be replaced with a good used machine. The cost, less than the repair. To use an overused expression, Praise God!

An appointment has been set up to take care of the leaking faucets tomorrow. Please don’t hesitate to tell us about your needs or better yet what you do to help those less fortunate in your part of the world.

Update: Sink and tub faucets are fixed. 4/20/2016. A very slight leak is still evident but hopefully a little plumbers grease will swell the o-rings and stop the leak altogether. Old faucets are very precarious but water waste is very small compared to 5-10 gallons a day.  The hand sink is secured to the wall and all leaks are stopped there altogether. Yea!

Thank you for reading our blog, thank you for your support and May God Bless You.


Habitaciones Para Latinos Association
Shawnee, Kansas 66218