A year ago, the Board of Directors voted to approve Armando Vargas as Habitat for Humanity’s fifteenth homeowner. And on Friday, May 27, he settled on his property on Bragg Lane in Manassas. Sixty volunteers worked with Armando and Construction Team Leader, John Blake, to rehab the home over the course of five months, putting in nearly 1400 hours of labor. Armando worked well over the required 250 hours that he needed for “sweat equity”. Not stopping there, and even after closing on his own home on Friday, Armando has volunteered at the latest Habitat for Humanity worksite, the rehab of a home in Woodbridge with family partners Wudasie Retta and Tesfaye Abuye.
While Armando has been a U.S. citizen for fifteen years, his wife, Maria Dolores, and their son, Fabrizio, are Mexican citizens. In just two days, as part of the Visa process, Maria Dolores and Fabrizio will complete a formal interview at the U.S. Consulate. Soon, they will join Armando in the home he has worked so hard to purchase for them!