Habitat for Humanity of Berks County celebrated the accomplishments of its partner family — Roberto De La Paz, Tania Rosero and their three daughters Raquel, Carmen and Genesis— at a dedication of their new home, located at 140 Oley Street, on Saturday August 5, 2017.

This stunning Victorian style home was completed in collaboration with the Reading Housing authority which provided up-front construction costs for the project.

The family contributed more than 300 hours of “sweat equity” alongside Habitat volunteers to build their new place to call home. The De La Paz-Rosero family purchased the house from Habitat and repays a no-profit mortgage over a period of 30 years, demonstrating Habitat’s vision to give families a “hand up” rather than a “hand out.”