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Marine vet's hard work pays off with new home in Elgin

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  • Roberto Cintora, a Marine Corps veteran who grew up in Elgin, proudly holds up his new keys outside his home Sunday. The Elgin native and his twin sons moved into the home Sunday after working with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley to rehab it.

       Roberto Cintora, a Marine Corps veteran who grew up in Elgin, proudly holds up his new keys outside his home Sunday. The Elgin native and his twin sons moved into the home Sunday after working with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley to rehab it.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Roberto Cintora can see through his kitchen window into his new backyard in Elgin. The Marine Corps veteran and his twin sons moved into the home Sunday after working with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley to rehab it.

       Roberto Cintora can see through his kitchen window into his new backyard in Elgin. The Marine Corps veteran and his twin sons moved into the home Sunday after working with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley to rehab it.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Elgin Mayor David Kaptain, left, hands Roberto Cintora the keys to his new house Sunday. Cintora, a Marine Corps veteran who grew up in Elgin, and his twin sons are the partner family receiving the home donated to Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley by the city of Elgin

       Elgin Mayor David Kaptain, left, hands Roberto Cintora the keys to his new house Sunday. Cintora, a Marine Corps veteran who grew up in Elgin, and his twin sons are the partner family receiving the home donated to Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley by the city of Elgin
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 

Roberto Cintora and his twin 10-year-old sons, Anthony and Andrew, became the latest family to move into a new home on Sunday after teaming with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley.

Cintora, a Marine Corps veteran and Elgin native, said the process of helping to build the home in the community where he was raised was "an unforgettable and wonderful experience."

The home was donated to Habitat for Humanity by the city of Elgin. Cintora, a single father, put in more than 200 hours to rehab the home on Jewett Street before Sunday's dedication.

"Partnering with the city of Elgin has had a significant impact on our efforts to strengthen distressed communities," said Barbara Beckman, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley. "We are grateful to the city for their support."

Part of a global, nonprofit housing organization, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley is dedicated to affordable housing through constructing, rehabilitating, and repairing homes. For more information, visit www.habitatnfv.org.

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