Cadets build new home for Brownsville woman

By PETE BANDA  Kids build house 2
Staff Writer

When Maria Velez fell down in her house and broke her shoulder and knee, her family knew they had to take action to make the house more accessible to the elderly woman. Her son and his wife worked to get the house in better condition, investing over $4,000 of their own savings to add a wheelchair ramp and other features. Then, less than two years later, Velez fell down again, breaking her other shoulder. Her son knew he had to get help for his mom. He never envisioned a brand new home would be possible, but that’s exactly what happened this past Thursday.
“It was a very frustrating time for our family,” said Velez. “It’s been a long and complicated process; we’ve been on the waiting list or about two years… Today is almost unbelievable. We are very excited and honored by this.”


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