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Vancouver | November 1, 2017
Partnership with Habitat for Humanity leads to a new house for Vancouver family

As Soreya Beltran gazed around her new home, she described what she was experiencing as “surreal.”

“I never imagined that that this would come to reality,” she told a reporter with The Columbian newspaper.

Before receiving the keys to their own house, Soreya and her husband, Tino, the parents of five boys, contributed 500 hours to building houses through Evergreen Habitat for Humanity.

The Beltran family’s new home will provide the space, amenities, safety and convenience that their former two-bedroom, two-story apartment did not. This is especially true for their 8-year-old son, Mario, who has mental and physical disabilities, and uses a wheelchair.

In fact, the Vancouver home was designed specifically for Mario. It features wide halls and doorways, a barrier-free shower and no stairs.

The home was constructed by Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, with supporting sponsorships from PeaceHealth and Providence. Hundreds of volunteers, including 70 PeaceHealth caregivers, worked a total of 2,996 hours during the course of a year to ensure the family has a safe place to call home.

On dedication day, there were many moments of grace as the Beltrans received the keys to their new home. The emotional ceremony included PeaceHealth Chief Administrative Officer Carol Aaron presenting the family with a St. Joseph the Worker plaque, signed with a blessing by Sr. Andrea Nenzel, and Vice President of Mission Services Rosanne Ponzetti delivering a blessing.

And now, this deserving family has a place they can truly call, “home sweet home.”

PeaceHealth Chief Administrative Officer Carol Aaron presents the Beltran family with a St. Joseph the Worker plaque.