Every month Donaldo Hernandez leads members of his church on a journey that could change the trajectory of their lives. The church members are seeking immigration consulates over 150 miles away in Chicago and Detroit. Donaldo helps provide his congregation with the knowledge and resources to become United States citizens.
“There’s a lot of fear in the immigration process,” said Hernandez, a Habitat Kent homeowner who works at Church of the Restoration in Wyoming, MI. “There are lots of people in Michigan who are good people and indigenous people that are suffering.”
Hernandez and his family applied for the Habitat Kent homeownership program in 2011 after having his own personal immigration struggles.
“I was deported in 2007 and I was in Honduras for three and a half years working through this process.”
While Hernandez was thousands of miles from his family, he got a first-hand experience of Habitat’s impact globally.