Peña de Horeb
Building hope from a home to a community center.
It all started with a home.
In 2007 we built a home for Juan and Betty Cruz and their sons Jonathan and Carlos. Little did we know that this family had a vision for much more than just a home for themselves, but for their community. They are a direct representation of the hope our homes provide to families. With a basis of a home, Juan soon built an extended roof to create a little church for his community, naming it Peña de Horeb. This church was open to the entire community of Cumbres to provide a place of love and support to community members.
For years Peña de Horeb was based out of his home and was a small outside area with a few instruments and mis-matched chairs. But Juan wasn’t going to stop there! In 2013 we built him and Betty a community center which they named Generación Infantil de Jesús. Since then, Juan and Betty and other members of the community have come together to serve breakfast to community children 5 days a week. This was possible by our generous Casas de Luz donors. Not only do children have access to food and water before school, but a place to study after school as well.
Juan and Betty open their doors to students after school to have a safe place to study and do their homework. By encouraging students to do homework and continue with school, they open up their futures to a new life of hope and success. On some days they teach classes to community members about different topics. When possible, they provide community members with donations of clothes and other items that arrive through our Re-purposing With A Purpose program.
Since 2013 the community center has been remodeled to have a fully functioning kitchen as well as a dining area for the community to enjoy meals. In 2016, Lazarian World Homes built a two story building with 4 large classrooms and a spacious church. Members of the community came together to help in the building process, finally being dedicated in January 2018.
Through the efforts of various donors and community members in San Diego and Tijuana, Juan and Betty were able to achieve their vision of reaching out to a larger community. They continue to serve their community and provide breakfast and classes to community members as well as welcome building teams whenever we are in search of a cultural experience. Peña de Horeb is just a physical representation of the hope a home builds for a family and the possibilities that it provides.