For the second year in a row, more than 150 employees from Promega Corporation and Terso Solutions, Inc. gathered on May 20 to help with a panel build for Habitat for Humanity of Dane County.

The Agora Building parking lot was transformed into a mobile Habitat for Humanity build site to help make homeownership a reality for Juan Holguin Garcia and Cecilia Espino Enriquez and their kids. The interior and exterior walls for the home, which will be located in Fitchburg’s Renaissance on the Park neighborhood, were constructed that day.

“We are all very excited to help Habitat for Humanity with another home build. The staff at Terso is eager to work with Juan and Cecilia and their family,” said Joe Pleshek, Terso Solutions CEO.

In a letter to Habitat, the family said they used to live in a shelter made from cardboard boxes as young adults in Mexico.

“We feel grateful to be living in the United States now and raising our beautiful family here,” the letter said. “We are particularly excited to have our own garden space where we will grow vegetables and herbs so that we can eat more healthy food on a regular basis.”

The family looks forward to teaching their children and grandchildren how to take care of the earth and be environmentally-friendly.

“When we are no longer with them, our children will have a beautiful memory of their parents remembering that every achievement requires hard work and discipline,” the letter said. “Nothing is easy, and you have to fight hard for what you want.”

Habitat for Humanity of Dane County provides simple, decent and affordable housing for families who might not otherwise become homeowners. Eligible families pay monthly mortgage payments on a 0 percent interest loan and contribute about 350 hours of “sweat equity” in the building of their home.

For information, visit habitatdane.org.

To watch FACTv’s video of the panel build, click here.

– Samantha Christian