NMLS ID 272420
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Community Development Corporation of Brownsville
901 E. Levee St. Brownsville, TX 78520
(956) 541-4955

services received at the CDCB and with builder GemStar Homes & Construction.

For the family, it is a dream come true.

“Thanks to my husband, my in-laws, and of course, God, for our home and good health,” Sandra said.

Little Geraldine agrees.

“I love my house,” she eagerly added. “We all have our own room. I like my own room.”

The Castillo Family now looks forward to spending their first Christmas in their new home – together.

For more information on how to realize the dream of homeownership, call (956) 541-4955.




A supersized Mickey Mouse & Friends holiday stocking adorns the front, double doors of this newly-built Brownsville home. New homeowner Sandra Castillo sits with a large smile at her kitchen island enjoying coffee brewed from a vintage coffee pot atop the shiny, stainless-steel stove.

“The first thing I made in this kitchen when I moved in was coffee,” Castillo said. “Café in my own home.”

Sandra and her husband Mederick Castillo received the keys to her new, four-bedroom, three-bathroom home on Thanksgiving Day, fitting for such a memorable moment.

“Thanksgiving was the perfect day to celebrate and sleep in our new home,” she said. “I feel wonderful – very happy.”

Prior to moving into their new home, Sandra and Mederick, along with their children, 17-year-old Keyla, 8-year-old Mederick Jr. and 4-year-old Geraldine, lived with Mederick’s parents for about five years to save for the dream home. They shared two bedrooms – a cozy space for a family of five.

​Three years ago, they purchased property and 

​were ready to build a new home when they

 visited with the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville. After being advised of a debt-reduction plan, they were able to purchase their new home this year.

The CDCB, through its La Puerta financial wellness program, helps families become homeownership ready with free, one-on-one or workshop counseling sessions. Once clients are financially ready, CDCB’s Lending Department takes over.

“It was a pleasure to work with Mederick and Sandra to provide the mortgage financing necessary to assist them to accomplish their dream of homeownership.,” CDCB Director of Homeownership Linda Marín said.

​Sandra Castillo was very pleased with the