The home construction process typically takes months. Rodreca’s home had walls and the foundation of a roof in under an hour, thanks to the incredible work of Pulte Homes during Builders Blitz 2019. Rodreca was one of four deserving homeowners who got to see their homes built in just under a week. And on March 21, Rodreca closed on her home.

Prior to becoming a Habitat homeowner, Rodreca and her four children had been living in the same crowded three-bedroom apartment for the past nine years. The staircase and flooring were in dire need of repairs, despite her numerous requests for renovations.

In addition, the apartment complex was located in a crime-plagued neighborhood, prohibiting her children from safely playing outside.

Rodreca’s children inspired her to apply for Habitat homeownership. They would frequently ask her, “When will we have our own home?” When she learned of Habitat Orlando & Osceola through a friend who lives in Butler’s Preserve, she knew that she should apply.

During the Builders Blitz 2019 home dedication ceremony, Rodreca tearfully thanked her builder and support team. “Without you, I wouldn’t be here today,” she said. “I love my new home and I can’t wait to move in.”

She loves planning and hosting events, parties and dinners for her family. Because of the increased financial stability that comes with homeownership, Rodreca hopes to expand her baking business and become more involved with her passion for event planning.

Rodreca hopes that her Habitat home will provide a safe place for her children. “I’ve always wanted a home for me and my family,” she said. “I’m very happy to have… this experience for me and my kids.”

Learn more about Builders Blitz and how you can be a part of next year’s event or support more homeowner stories like Rodreca’s through donating, volunteering or advocating for affordable housing in our community!