Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity Partner Family: The Pedraza FamilyWhen Juan and Leslie Pedraza learned they had been accepted into the Habitat program they felt excitement and relief. Living in a small two-bedroom apartment, they want a safe and stable home for their family to learn, grow, and play.

Parents to two young children, 4-year old Lindsay and 1-year old Francisco, Jr., Juan grew up in Rio Verde, a town in San Luis Potosí , Mexico and has been employed at Crossroads Concrete Services full time for two and a half years. Leslie grew up in Bryan and stays at home to raise the children. Energetic Lindsay loves to run, play, and color. Leslie is looking forward to having a yard and larger space for Lindsay to play; their current housing is not large enough and the family worries about fights in the community. Francisco, Jr. is just learning to walk, but loves playing with his mom, sister, and toys.

Family is important to the Pedraza Family. When they are not working or volunteering to complete their sweat equity hours, they spend a lot of time with their extended family, including Juan’s cousin and Habitat homeowner, Laura Pedraza. Laura encouraged the family to apply for the Habitat program and has been supportive through the entire process.

All Habitat partner families are required to complete 500 hours of sweat equity as part of the requirement of homeownership in the program.  With their two young children, this has not been easy for Juan and Leslie, however, with the help of their families, they are finding time to complete their hours in the ReStore and helping other Habitat families complete their homes.

Juan and Leslie did not believe they would be able to own a home in the U.S., but through generous sponsors and dedicated volunteers, this dream is becoming a reality. They are grateful to the many sponsors, volunteers and staff of  Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity for making this dream come true for them, but also for making it possible for their children to have a safe place to live. Juan and Leslie are dedicated to giving their children the best environment to learn and grow, but also to give them something for their future.

The Pedraza family’s home is generously being sponsored through a partnership with the Greater Brazos Valley Builders Association. This partnership, the 2016  Home Builders Blitz, brings together ten builders to sponsor and build two homes for two families in five days. Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity is grateful for this partnership and home sponsorship. You can still help the Juarez and Pedraza families with their dream of homeownership by giving to this build. Contact our Director of Development, Carl Orozco, for more information on becoming a home sponsor at 979-823-7200 x104 or by e-mail at