Family gets free air conditioning and heating thanks to community support

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By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson

The Fonseca family is getting quite the gift to kick off the New Year, all thanks to the support and help from their community.

Through an initiative called the BEGIN Project, Hobiaca Services, Air Conditioning & Heating and other business team up to provide free air conditioning and heating systems to families in need.

Mike Hobaica and his family started the BEGIN Project to give back to deserving families across the Valley that need a little help getting back on their feet. The name stands for "Business Entities Getting Involved in our Neighborhoods," and over their last five campaigns they have helped 40 families live a little easier.

“It’s something that our father founded our business on, the idea of giving back to your community that has supported you throughout the years,” Hobiaca said. “So it’s a way of passing it forward.”

In addition to installing new heating and air conditioning, other businesses from the community are pitching in to repair the roof, provide pest control, as well as other improvements

“It’s a phenomenal thing to see other businesses that have the same mentality, the same morals and ethics, that want to help other people,” Hobaica said.

In addition to installing new heating and air conditioning, the teams are also repairing the roof, and helping with pest control as well as other improvements at the house.

The lives of Arnie and Cari Fonseca's and their son, Brandon, were turned upside down 14 years ago when Brandon, 16 years old at the time, and his best friend got into a life-changing accident.

Brandon had made a terrible decision to drink and drive. Brandon suffered a traumatic brain injury and his best friend was killed. To this day, Brandon is wheelchair bound and dependent on his mother for 24 hour care.

This summer, the family’s air conditioner quit cooling. They struggle financially to make ends meet, and had no clue how they would come up with the funds to replace the system. Then they were chosen by the BEGIN project.

“It’s absolutely humbling, I just can’t even thank everyone enough,” Cari Fonseca said. “We’re very grateful.”

In addition to installing new heating and air conditioning, the teams are also repairing the roof, and helping with pest control as well as other improvements at the house.

“It’s amazing. We’re very grateful because we know what we’ve done to help other families, so now it’s ok to allow people to give because it makes them feel good,” Arnie Fonseca said. “We’re already planning how we can move this forward and how can we help other families too. We’re not the only family trying to get back on our feet again.”

For more information about the BEGIN Project, visit www.hobaica.com/begin