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Lexington Habitat for Humanity dedicates new home for Nelvi Ponce and her daughters

Lexington Habitat for Humanity dedicated a new home for homebuyer Nelvi Bocanergra Ponce and her two daughters, Nelvi (1 year) and Yatziry (5), on Sunday at 1737 Elverton Road in the Brookfield Chase Subdivision just off of Russell Cave Road.

Nelvi has been building her life in Lexington for the last 11 years. After graduating from Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School, Nelvi started working at Amazon while also furthering her education. Her hard work paid off and she recently earned her Phlebotomy certificate from Emergency Medical Training Professionals of Kentucky (EMTPKY)!

Nelvie and her children (Photo provided)

After a coworker told Nelvi about Lexington Habitat for Humanity, she felt like a new door had been opened.

“This is a dream come true. Growing up poor in Mexico and living in my aunt’s house, I’ve always wanted to be able to one day have my own house. I am very thankful for everyone who is helping make my dream come true.”

Nelvi is both grateful and proud as she prepares for homeownership, “I never thought I would ever own a house or even come close to it. This is a big accomplishment for me.”

Davis and Stacie Marksbury generously stepped in as homebuyer sponsors for Nelvi’s build.

As parents of young children themselves, Davis and Stacie recognize the importance of stability for families to thrive and children to blossom. They believe that stability comes from quality, affordable housing and are living out this belief by helping Nelvi achieve homeownership through Lexington Habitat. We are grateful that the Marksbury family offered their support and know that Nelvi and her girls will treasure the new home for which she has worked so hard.

Lexington Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Lexington Habitat also advocates for improved access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow.

Since 1986, Lexington Habitat has served nearly 450 families through homeownership, over 325 families with our tithe and more than 1,000 families through Love Your Neighborhood. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit lexhabitat.org.


98.4% of homeowners are proud of their home.

80% say Habitat classes prepared them for homeownership.
87% reported learning a lot from their sweat equity.

41% have been working at the same job for 5+ years.

96% reported their children are happier.

90% say their children have a quiet space to do homework.
76% stated their children’s grades had improved.

84% reported their children’s school attendance had improved.
86% reported their children were healthier and sick less often.

Lexington Habitat for Humanity

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