A local family that is still grieving the loss of its patriarch and had been living in a transitional shelter soon will be moving into a permanent home that is the first of its kind in the Lompoc area.
Angelica Carrillo and her eight children got their first look at the newly named Harvey House on Thursday during an unveiling ceremony organized by Good Samaritan Shelters, which owns the property.
The three-bedroom home, which is located on the property of the Good Samaritan-owned Marks House shelter, was recently remodeled and furnished and will be rented out to the Carrillo family for as long as the family chooses to remain.
Angelica Carrillo wept as she toured the home for the first time Thursday. She and her children still are coping with the recent death of George Carrillo, Angelica's husband and the children's father.
The home, which was named after benefactor Mary Harvey, is the first permanent housing offered by Good Samaritan in the Lompoc area.
Harvey and Angelica Carrillo each cried as they embraced Thursday.
The structure had previously been known as the Walnut House.
Good Samaritan made plans to refurbish the home after acquiring ownership of the Marks House property from the city of Lompoc last year.
Pat Brady, the Lompoc administrator for Good Samaritan Shelters, said Thursday there are no immediate plans for Good Samaritan to rent out other permanent homes in Lompoc.
“We would love to, but at this point I’m not sure of anything,” she said.