On December 21st, 2015, the Wood and Toliver families’ homes were dedicated. Pastor Jeff Huber of the First United Methodist Church and Pastor Randall provided the blessings of each new home. Friends, donors and volunteers joined in celebrating the completion of two new homes into affordable housing in La Plata County! We are so blessed by all the hands and hearts that made this possible—from those attending our build days with labor and donors with financial support to attendees, businesses contributors at our fundraisers. Our huge extended family encompasses Board members, ReStore shoppers and ReStore donors. On behalf of all our Partner Families, thank you! See you in 2016!
We enjoyed a brisk 9° day in appreciation of our new ReStore International Truck which Mercury, A Vantiv Company, provided funds toward. Habitat Board members, ReStore staff and core volunteers served baked goods, coffee and hot apple cider to employees at Mercury on Jan. 14th.
Many departments of Mercury worked alongside our mission on the Bayfield job sites in 2015 providing additional labor. We are thankful for their continued commitment to our community through affordable housing support.
Larry Drury, Chief Marketing Director and Ken Tallman of mercury, A Vantiv Company received our warm thanks. First National Bank of Durango graciously financed the loan which Mercury committed to fund over several years. In December 2015, the ReStore truck was completely paid!
Our ReStore provides monies that assist our mission in funding our annual builds. Purchases and donations generate homes! Please check out our new truck on the streets in La Plata County and become aware of our hard working community supporting the urgent housing crisis.
Every year First United Methodist and Christ the King Lutheran Church choose a weekend in June in which they worship God through serving in the community instead of having their regular church services.
On Saturday October 18th, 2014, our Habitat affiliate celebrated the completion of our largest home in La Plata County—five bedrooms! Xiomara Cuellar has been an employee of Mercy Regional Medical Center for more than 14 years and finally has a placed to call home, thanks to the generosity of the community she has worked in for much of her life. Without the contributions of labor, construction materials and financial support, we could not have made her dream come true! Over 3,300 volunteer hours were used and over $42,000 of in-kind contributions went into this home. Many individuals have gone beyond in their support of her success story. Please check out our Photo Gallery and our Partner list. Her mentor, Susanna Jones, walked alongside Xiomara as she attended financial literacy and budgeting classes, hammered alongside others on the job site and helped follow-up on tasks leading up to home ownership.
Our newest home is our 39th in La Plata County in our 20 years of affiliation! The home is Energy Star 3version rated and will provide low monthly mortgage payments and low utility costs to sustain her future stability. As a new home owner, Xiomara may continue to gain financial literacy and support through our on going workshops that help provide important reinforcement to her home ownership. Our commitment to La Plata County is reliant on your support 100%! With over 51.5% of employed individuals falling in the Habitat income guidelines, we have a huge need that continues to be unmet. Please help secure affordable home ownership for worthy individuals currently residing in our local community who cannot leap from rental units to home ownership under current economic situations.
Home ownership provides stability for children and provides families with opportunities to live within their means, while becoming active participants in our community. As an affiliate of the international organization we see decent housing as a right for all in all locations of our world. Our affiliate is a grassroots organization which relies on local support for our local builds. Please join us in our mission on this our 20th Anniversary here in La Plata County.
Watch a video of the dedciation with the Cuellar Family