New homeowners close on their Habitat homes in Oxnard just in time for the Holidays

For many, “home for the holidays” means hanging lights or lighting candles, giving gifts, and sharing a meal with family and friends. This year, for six families in Oxnard it means moving into a home built by the families themselves alongside over 1,000 volunteers.

Last month, Habitat celebrated with six deserving families in La Colonia, Oxnard as they received the keys to their new homes and embarked on their journey of homeownership. Sergio Monreal and his family of five are one of those families. The Monreals were living in a small, deteriorating apartment where the high rent cost left them with precious little for necessities like food, transportation, and medical care, and nothing left to save for their future. They applied for a Habitat home and everything changed for the Monreal family. The Monreals have not just built their own home, they are also building strength, stability and self-reliance for their family and future generations.

“Thank you for the opportunity you gave our children to have their dreams come true – we are so grateful.”       – Sergio Monreal

“A Habitat home is a stabilizing force for a family. We are overjoyed that these families now have the opportunity to build a better life, thanks to our supporters” says Darcy Taylor, Chief Executive Officer at Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County. “They have started paying an affordable mortgage and have undergone financial education courses to prepare them for this journey of homeownership.”

Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County will be groundbreaking a new development of two homes on Barry Street in Camarillo within the next few months.

Video “Home for the Holidays” featuring the Monreal Family 

Habitat for Humanity receives $25,000 gift from The Sherwood Country Club Charitable Foundation

Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County has received a grant of $25,000 from The Sherwood Country Club Charitable Foundation.

“The Sherwood Cares Foundation is committed to supporting the needs of our community.  In addition to supporting the Volunteer Build dates with volunteers from Sherwood Country Club, the Foundation is proud to support Habitat of Humanity of Ventura County with a donation.  We support the efforts to provide new and safe living environments to our neighbors and those in need.” George Carney, President of the Sherwood Country Club Charitable Foundation

The grant money will support the mission of Habitat to provide decent, safe and affordable housing in Ventura County.  

The Sherwood Country Club Charitable Foundation

The Sherwood Country Club Charitable Foundation is dedicated to serving children and families in our community by supporting programs that address educational, medical, nutritional, and safety needs.

About Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County

Building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.

Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County is a locally-run and locally-funded affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Over the past 35 years, 70 new home builds have provided homeownership opportunities for families in need and hundreds of homes have been repaired, providing a safe, decent living environment for low income homeowners. The Habitat Home Repair program partners with low-income homeowners to improve their living conditions through home repairs. At Habitat for Humanity, we believe that everyone, everywhere deserves a decent place to live.  For Habitat’s new home program, low income families are selected based on their need for housing, ability to repay an affordable mortgage, and willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity. We offer a “hand up,” empowering families who are willing to work hard to achieve their dream of homeownership. Each Habitat for Humanity homeowner invests hundreds of hours to help build their home, and then purchases it with an affordable mortgage. Habitat currently has enough donated properties to build 30 decent homes for families in Ventura County. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County, visit or call (805) 485-6065, x 101.

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