Habitat for Humanity - Erie, PA

Perez-Rodriguez Family

Brenda Rodriguez married Dennis Perez on May 29, 1999 and have been happily married for 12 years. They have two sons, Dennis, 10, and Joctan, 7.

Dennis and Brenda were born and raised in Puerto Rico. Brenda has 1 brother and 3 sisters who along with her parents all live in Erie. Dennis has one older brother and one younger sister who along with his parents all live in Puerto Rico.

With the encouragement and help from Brenda’s sister, Elizabeth, Brenda and Dennis came to live in the United States on July 26, 2005. Brenda and Dennis felt God’s calling to come to the US. They came with hopes for a better life for their family. They believed that there would be better chances for employment and a better school system for their children.

And, their belief has come true. Dennis had a job interview with Fairview Evergreen Nurseries within 2 days of arriving in Erie and has worked for them for 6 years. The boys attend Edison school in grades 4 and 1.

Dennis is an evangelist with the Pentecostal Church of God Revival located on Parade Street. He has been preaching for 4 years and has been invited to preach in several states and foreign countries. He has been invited to go to Cuba this coming November to preach.

When Brenda arrived in the US 6 years ago, she spoke no English. With the help of her boys and Dennis, she has learned a great deal of English. She even did her first television interview as the recipient family of “The House that Love Built”. Brenda loves to cook and bake and decorating cakes is one of her favorite things to do.

Dennis, Jr. likes to bike and in-line skate. He is also learning to play the drums. He wrote 2 poems in school and one won a contest and the other was published in the school district book.

Joctan likes to skateboard and draw. He also enjoys sports and video games.

In the winter, the family enjoys making snowmen and sledding.

When asked about how Brenda feels about getting a home of their own, she replied “I’m so very excited. I have never had a home of my own. I am excited for the kids to know that it is hard work but that I did this for them. I want them to know that if we work hard for what we want, we/they can get it. You need faith and persistence and dreams can come true.”


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