Letter from our Executive Director

Dear friends,

While our community shelters-in-place and awaits the unknown, we want you each to know that you are not alone. The COVID-19 outbreak is affecting everyone. As we navigate these challenging times …balancing the needs of our households, friends and community, we share in the need to stay hopeful. At Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County, we are not immune to the impact. On March 23, 2020, our affiliate made the difficult decision to close our ReStore. Our 2020 Build Ground Breaking has been postponed.

Habitat is a community-based organization, and during these past few weeks, we’ve been touched by the generosity of our local community who has reached out to ask: “How can we help?”

Right now our focus remains on supporting our hardworking, local partner households, who are struggling right now. Likewise, the health and safety of our amazing staff and volunteers weighs heavy on our hearts.

Our blessings this fiscal year include the transfer of four modest affordable homes to our newest homeowners. The most recent, Andrea Luna and her daughter, Sophia, who took possession on Feb. 28, 2020! Andrea has been working at the Chapman Childcare Center for years. Unable to afford rent in our community, she lived with extended family, saving for a home down payment. Motivated to meet Habitat’s sweat equity requirements, she worked vigilantly to secure her 250 hours within two short months–a huge endeavor while working full-time.

Among those in waiting, is the Navarro household who has been living in a local motel. The six member household was on their way to homeownership, when the COVID-19 outbreak took hold and the head of household became unemployed last week.

Our two households slatted for the 2020 Build have been looking forward to the Groundbreaking. The modest duplex will hold two households needing accommodations for disabilities. Our annual builds usually occur April-September and rely heavily on volunteers to offset costs. While the construction industry is a necessary industry, our construction activity takes a different approach. Our magnanimous Hammers Club has been the backbone of our volunteer force but these volunteers are impacted by COVID-19 as many of them fall in the high risk population. We often build on faith, this year will be a testament to stewardship and community.

For those of us blessed to be inside our safe homes during these unusual times, please extend a hand up to others in our community who don’t have this same comfort. Here are ways you can help:

  • Make a donation in support of our Emergency Housing Stability Fund, and help us create housing stability for local families.
  • Designate Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County as your charity of choice with Amazon Smile. This is a free services where a portion of every purchase supports Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County.

Thank you for being part of our generous community during these challenging times. Every donation makes a difference right now!

Sincerely,

Rachel Taylor-Saghie
Executive Director