Our Families

The Gervacio Family


Carlos Gervacio and Catarina Tomas, like many Habitat homeowners, have their eyes on the future.

Yes, it will be great to remove their family from the substandard – overcrowded, small, holes outside – conditions they currently tolerate into a place they can call their own. And, yes, it will be nice to have a mortgage that is manageable and allows them to be able to save money each month.

But the most important reason they are so anxious to become Habitat homeowners is because of the impact it will have on their children.

“What excites me the most is my children having their own rooms,” Carlos said. “We will be able to feel more free without any worry, knowing that this is the place where we will live forever.”

Carlos and Catarina met in Guatemala and were married 10 years ago. Their two daughters, Ashley, 5, Keyli, 3, and son, Charly, 6 months, enjoy lunches out and going to the park.

Carlos has worked for a local landscape company four the past four years as a driver and leader of a group of workers. He heard about the Habitat for Humanity program through a friend and thought it would be a good idea for his family if they applied.

Things have worked out well for the family as they moved through the approval process and into the final stage of building their own home.

“It has been a joy for me and family too,” Carlos said.

The Chavannes Family

Merissaint Chavannes married Marie Dorcely on December 15, 2001 in Haiti. During the last 17 years, they have raised three beautiful daughters together; Michaella, 16, Kensta, 14, and Kendra, 7.

Four years ago, the Chavannes family emigrated from Haiti to the United States and settled in Martin County. Merissaint found employment as a stacker for Boral Roofing and Marie is a private home caregiver for MENTOR in Stuart.

Their combined income is enough to rent an overpriced apartment in Indiantown.

“The home we are currently living in is not comfortable,” said Marie. “There are a lot of issues with the plumbing, electrical problems and the air conditioner doesn’t always work.”

The Chavannes family is deeply rooted in their faith and are faithful members of the Indiantown Haitian Church of the Nazarene. Marie helps lead worship at their weekly services and Michaella serves as a children’s teacher during Sunday school classes. Michaella excels in her studies, has won numerous academic awards and likes to play basketball. Kensta also enjoys math and her sport of choice is volleyball. Kendra’s favorite subject is reading and she likes to play soccer.

After a friend told them about Habitat for Humanity of Martin County, Merissaint and Marie quickly applied for a no-interest mortgage.

"Becoming homeowners will make a big difference in our lives. We won’t have to spend so much money in rent and now it will be affordable and it will be something that is ours,” said Marie. “What we are looking forward to the most as a family is being able to have a garden.”   

“I feel really happy about becoming a Habitat homeowner. It means that my family will live in a stable home and we will not have to move around all the time. Thank you to everyone for this opportunity,” said Merissaint.

The Paredes Family


It was through family that Rosaura met Homar Miranda. They married in 2013 and later that year welcomed their daughter, Kaysie.  

Their income is limited, relying solely on Homar’s salary as a roof installer for Crowther Roofing for the last two years. They were able to find housing in the form of a one-bedroom trailer.

“There is no space and everything feels so tight. We have problems with termites on the walls. In the summer it gets really hot inside because we don’t have a central air conditioner,” said Rosaura.

It has been especially tough on their 6-year old daughter, Kaysie, who has never had a bedroom of her own. She is doing well in school and, while she loves trying new activities, drawing and coloring are her favorite.

Through family friends, they heard about a homeownership program called Habitat for Humanity of Martin County.

“When we came to the office to inquire about more information, that’s when we realized we qualified for this program. We met all of the requirements and we were willing to contribute with sweat equity hours,” said Homar.  

After submitting to an exhaustive application process, Homar are Rosaura are currently contributing 300 hours of sweat equity, but are well on the path to homeownership.

“I feel very happy and blessed with Habitat for Humanity for making this happen for us. It means a lot to us because it’s a brand new home with lots of space that we need and we don’t have to worry about the problems that we had with the trailer. We are looking forward to making great memories with our daughter in our own new home,” said Rosaura. “This home will increase our freedom, security and stability. I just want to say thank you to everyone that has helped us from staff, donors and volunteers.”