The fund-raising effort from the Maricopa Real Estate Company and F.O.R. Maricopa brought new furniture, clothing and home repairs to Vivian and Manuel Peña.

The Peña family has been raising 12 of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren for the last 13 years. Currently, 10 children still live in their home, but two are young (ages 5 and 7) and require upgraded conditions in order to accommodate stipulations set forth by the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

In order to ensure the Peñas can keep their great-grandchildren, F.O.R. Maricopa and Maricopa Real Estate Company hosted a donation drive.

“I would say it went well on furniture and clothing,” F.O.R. Maricopa Chief Executive Officer Wendy Webb said. “We remain hopeful we can get more cash in for the repairs and the other trailer.  Flooring is going in and the paint is on the walls. We are working on plumbing and air conditioning.”

The housing rehabilitation was spearheaded by MREC Associate Broker Jay Shaver. He and his associates have been working to bring their current home up-to-date, as well as bring another trailer onto the property.

“We are on track to finish the rehab this weekend with the goal to move in all the newly donated items and stage the home for the Pena’s return on Tuesday,” Shaver said.

The funding hasn’t come in for a new trailer yet, but the food bank and Maricopa Real Estate Company will be accepting donations through the holidays.

“We will need to work hard again to get a separate trailer,” Webb said. “This will take longer to accomplish.”


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