Dulce Pelayo talks with her son Cristian, 5, right, as her husband, Will, behind, examines their new home’s refrigerator with his niece Friday during an ceremony dedicating the house to the family. The Pelayos’ new home was built by Bend Area Habitat for Humanity and was provided to them by the nonprofit First Story. – Rob Kerr / The Bulletin
By Megan Kehoe / The Bulletin
A picket fence. Flowers blooming in the front yard. A view of a grassy park across the street. A home smelling of fresh paint. These are images Dulce Pelayo, 26, and Will Pelayo, 28, have been dreaming of for eight months, ever since they found out they’d been selected to receive their own home from First Story. Friday, that dream became reality.
“I don’t have words to express how happy I feel today,” Will Pelayo said. “I feel really great.”
The Pelayos received the keys to a brand-new three-bedroom, two-story home on Lancaster Street in northeast Bend. This is the fifth house the local nonprofit organization, First Story, has dedicated to a low-income family in the Bend area since it was founded 13 years ago.
“When you see how much it means to the family, it really leaves you speechless,” Claire Duncan, development director with First Story, said. “It never gets old.”
The Pelayo home came with an interest-free, 30-year loan, which requires the family to pay about $600 a month, First Story Executive Director Shon Rae said.
The home required no down payment from the family.