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Terry Cuba and Raimund Gideon take a look around the new kitchen (Source: KLTV Staff) Terry Cuba and Raimund Gideon take a look around the new kitchen (Source: KLTV Staff)
Terry Cuba says he's in love with the renovations (Source: KLTV Staff) Terry Cuba says he's in love with the renovations (Source: KLTV Staff)
Terry Cuba takes a walk on his new floors (Source: KLTV Staff) Terry Cuba takes a walk on his new floors (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A Vietnam veteran is finally able to move back into his house that was once falling apart.

We first introduced you to Terry Cuba when Habitat for Humanity of Smith County replaced his roof. For the past eight years, Cuba’s roof was covered with plastic because he didn’t have money to replace the roof that was damaged by a tree. Now, the necessary renovations are complete.

"It's a blessing; God is still working," Cuba said. "We just can’t be thankful enough.”

Cuba and his family have lived in their house on Meadow Lane in Tyler for 30 years, but without any insurance, they were forced to live under an unstable roof.

“I had to buy that plastic to put on top of the house to keep things dry in here; but we had to do what we had to do because we had medical problems. Money was rare," Cuba said.

Raimund Gideon has been the director of construction for Habitat for Humanity of Smith County for a couple years, and knows first hand how many East Texans have fallen on hard times like Cuba.

“It’s sad, because you walk in and you don’t even know how they live the way they live," Gideon said. "The house is falling down. It’s just a very unsafe condition.”

Cuba was once using his gas stove to heat his house, but now he has central air and heat. His kitchen and bathroom have been completely remodeled.

“It’s great to have contractors," Gideon said. "Granite Division donated the granite for this project. The plumber donated the plumbing and stuff for the project, so it’s always nice you get to pull a bunch of people together to do a good job.”

Cuba says that thanks to everyone who helped with this project, he can now move into a safe house.

“We have to thank God for whatever we have, and when he blesses us with more, we’re very appreciative," Cuba said.

Gideon says there are still some repairs the house needs. He says the City of Tyler will come out with neighborhood services to help, and Habitat for Humanity of Smith County will use two more grants this summer to finish the renovations.

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