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A Real American

Mentioned it before - but about 25 years ago I helped set up a non profit in Colorado Springs to help low and moderate income families purchase their first home.

And over those 25 years I have been able to have a two hour educational meeting about homeownership with each of the over 300 families that have bought homes through our program. It is an honor to get to know them just a little bit. They come from all ages - all walks - looking for their first home. Some young families with kids - carving out their space and place for the next few years. Some in late life - on a fixed budget - looking for their first - and last - home.

Tonight was as new and different as any training session. Just one person - an older woman. And we brought in a translator as she only spoke Spanish. She could not read English, and my job was to help her understand home ownership and our program.

The years were cut deep into her face. She was from Mexico, and bore the traits of the ancient Mayan peoples. During the visit you could see she was tired. I learned she is working two full time jobs. We talked about rules on who could buy her house (we have to make sure they stay affordable). She asked if her grand children could inherit the house. It was then I learned she was raising her grandchildren. It is all on her back - and she is worried that if she dies her grandchildren might not get the house because they are not yet citizens.

I consider her lot in life. Working two menial jobs - she can neither hear nor speak English. Providing shelter to her little grandchildren - she is cutting into hard caliche with the smallest shovel. Tired beyond belief. Powerful beyond belief.

As we close - I tell her when she buys - she will become a member of the land trust, along with all other homeowners who preceded her. She is so tired - but smiles at that. I thank her for what she is doing for her and her grandchildren.

And my last words to her - You are a great American.

We hug. She holds tight - tears and a small quiet sob. So small and so strong.

I walk into the night - humbled by the magnificence I have witnessed.

Posted: 07/21/2021 at 03:21AM


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