Local family receives home from Habitat for Humanity

Kurt and Brenda Warner and area businesses donate appliances and furniture
By: 
DARRELL JACKSON, Glendale Star Staff Writer

Photos by Darrell Jackson

Sulma Magana and her two daughters, Anahi and Angelique, enter their new home from Habitat for Humanity for the first time Dec. 13.
 

The new home from Habitat for Humanity built and Kurt and Brenda Warner presented Dec. 13.

Brenda Warner announces the new home that is being presented to Sulma Magana and her two daughters Dec. 13.

Sulma Magana and Brenda Warner cut the ribbon after the home was given to her and her family Dec. 13.

Sulma Magana and her two children meet Brenda and Kurt Warner, along with Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona CEO Jason Barlow Dec. 13.

As a single mother in need, Sulma Magana had always dreamed of having her own home and thanks to Habitat for Humanity and Kurt and Brenda Warner, she and her two daughters now have one.
During a ceremony Dec. 13, they were presented the keys to their new home in Glendale with one added surprise.
“Okay, here are your keys and we lied a little bit,” Brenda Warner said.
As the family walked into their new home, they found it fully furnished from couches, televisions, bedroom furniture, computer and food and cleaning supplies donated by Aaron’s.
“There is not much I can say,” Magna said. “This is so overwhelming and I am just so emotional right now.”
The Warners, Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona, FSL Real Estate, Aaron’s Inc., U-Haul and Brooklyn Bedding all partnered to get the new home fully furnished.
“This family is our newest partner family, and we call them partners because Habitat does not give away homes, our families work for them and pay a zero percent mortgage,” Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona CEO Jason Barlow said. “Habitat believes everyone deserves a decent place to live and we have some of the greatest partners with Kurt and Brenda Warner and everyone else who volunteers with us on these projects.”
Brenda Warner said she knows the struggles of being a single mother, as she was a single mother of two before meeting Kurt years ago and now does everything she can to help other single mothers.
“I remember being a person that needs and now I get to be a person that gives,” Brenda said. “To look in the eye of these single moms and tell them I have been where you are. Now I am not saying there is a Kurt Warner for you somewhere, but you get to start over here. This is a do over. I remember just asking God to have somebody put money in my mailbox to make ends meet. They get to start fresh. I love that.”
She added that having done this for numerous families, it never gets old.
“No little girl ever dreams of being a single mom, but then it happens and you have to do it,” Brenda said. “It is all about love, nobody dreams of this for their lives, but I want (Sulma) to know that she rocks!”
Kurt Warner was quick to echo his wife’s sentiments.
“They can step into a new life for themselves,” Kurt said. “They don’t have to worry about any of those burdens now. It’s just about building memories. To give kids a place to grow up, in a place they can call home. We remember our days where we were searching for the same thing.”
The Magana home represents the 48th  time the Warner’s have presented a new home to a family and the 23rd time in Arizona. The Warners said it is an honor for them to be able to do this for families in need.
“We believe we get to do this and are still shocked that after all these years that we are able t, hopefully, make a difference in this community and this world,” Brenda said. “When I met Kurt, I was a single mom thinking what is next and things were not going well or how I thought things should go.”
The Warners mentioned they remember the joy of their first home together.
“When we first got together and got our first home, we had no furniture and pulled out a blanket and slept on the floor, but it was one of the best nights because we knew we had our own place to make our memories,” Kurt said. “That is what makes this so exciting and we know the hard work of these mothers and we know the hard work mom has put in to get to this point and we are happy to help them take this step.”
After touring the home, Magana said the generosity was going to change their lives, as she and her daughters, Anahi and Angelique, no longer have to live with her parents.
“This changes our lives and we now have a home of our own,” Magana said with tears in her eyes.
Barlow added that with the Warners’ help, Habitat for Humanity continues to make a difference in Arizona.
“This is just a great partnership because they have been with us for about 15 years,” Barlow said. “He has been doing this for years and this is like an over the top Christmas present for a family that deserves it.”

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