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Habitat for Humanity ‘Legacy House’ honors Frank Boggus

December 21, 2016 GMT

HARLINGEN — Enedina Salazar was overwhelmed.

Breaking ground on a new home would overwhelm any person.

However on Tuesday, Salazar was surrounded by media, city leaders and friends, making her more nervous.

After 10 years of renting an apartment, Salazar will soon have her first home.

The house was named in honor of longtime Harlingen businessman Frank Boggus.

Boggus Ford has been a faithful partner to Habitat for Humanity, which over the past year has completed 10 new homes in the Valley and in the past six months has repaired ramps and rails and made preformed modifications on 40 homes.

Boggus’s daughter Barbara Tucker spoke on behalf of her father.

To the crowd, she expressed the importance of giving back, a quality that was instilled in her by her father.

“Growing up, one of the things he impressed upon us was to be generous,” she said. “He told us that when you give from the heart it comes back to you.”

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During the chilly temperatures Tuesday morning, the golden shovels broke ground on the dirt the home will eventually sit on, the first Habitat for Humanity Rio Grande Valley Legacy House to be built in Harlingen.

“I’m nervous and excited,” Salazar said.

When she is finally living in the new house, which should be built and ready to move into in April, Salazar said she will feel relieved.

She likes her current apartment but said it’s very expensive.

“It’s taken a toll on me,” Salazar said. “This is actually an opportunity to own my own home.”

With her son Brandon Cantu, 16, Salazar hopes to make a happy and wonderful life in her future home.

Since 1988, Habitat for Humanity of the Rio GrandeValley has been dedicated to building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.

Working in partnership with God, Habitat changes lives by enabling people who live in substandard housing to become responsible homeowners. Habitat is responsible for the construction of over 105 houses throughout the Valley.

“We believe that everyone deserves a decent place to live,” said Habitat Executive Director Wayne Lowry. “Today we are not honoring Mr. Boggus for what he has but rather for what he has done for others.”