Habitat for Humanity gives man his own home: ‘I feel blessed’

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NORTH CHICAGO, Ill.  -- Berto Hernandez now has his own home thanks to Habitat for Humanity Lake County. The group rehabbed an old home into something with so much more meaning.

"Our construction people worked so hard on this house. They really put a lot of love into this house by being creative and effective in their construction work," said Julie Donovan, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Lake County.

"They do so much more than build a home. They give them education on how to own the house, pay for the house, how maintain the house, many times when they move in it’s the first time many have had stable housing in their lifetime," said Bob Shield with Wintrust.

For Berto, who moved from Mexico more than 20 years ago, its proof, he says, of a higher power.

"I'm really excited to get this house. I thank God for everything. I feel blessed," he said.

"Every time I’ve come here I was 'this was an old house,' and it looks new. It’s beautiful," Donovan said.  And I just know that Berto’s going to do so well in this house and that so many hands came and were a part of it.