Antonio Flores, a third-year student at Texas Lutheran University, is a student leader passionate about affordable housing and poverty elimination. Over the past year, Antonio has served alongside the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, which strives to provide affordable housing for families in need in Seguin, TX. In addition to recruiting and facilitating volunteer opportunities for TLU students with Habitat for Humanity, Antonio has helped to maintain the university’s long-standing relationship with this community organization. He is currently working to grow additional connections between faculty members, students, and the community partner to address the root causes of the issues they serve.
I was raised on the principle that nothing we possess is truly ours, but instead is a gift from God. Therefore, we should be quick to give and even quicker to serve alongside others in our communities. The love and sacrifice of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection is a model to me that we should be willing to dedicate our lives to showing the same love to those around us. These values have helped to cultivate a heart of service within me that has only been amplified during my time at Texas Lutheran University. Serving with the TLU Center for Servant Leadership has given me a direct way to help give back to the Seguin community. As the student coordinator with the Guadalupe Valley Habitat for Humanity, I connect students with Habitat’s goal of creating a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Affordable housing is vital for lifting populations out of poverty. This fact motivates me to expose my peers to experiences in our local community that address the root causes of poverty, as well as collaborate with existing community partners that are working to solve these issues on the local level.