Saturday, Jan 21, was a landmark day for the Alejandre family of Cedaredge as they joined Habitat for Humanity of Delta County representatives to dedicate their home in the 700 block of NW Birch Ave. The Alejandres — Martin and Maria and their children Esmerelda, Susie, Genoveiva, Martin, Alejandro, Dalhia and Chrystabal — had been selected by Habitat for Humanity of Delta County to be their "partner family" for this particular home.
Nearly two years ago the home (a foreclosure purchased by Habitat) was given an extreme makeover and remodel by 23 employee/volunteers from the Longmont-based Intrado Inc. The makeover included the installation of all new siding, all new interior walls, windows, painting, new flooring, converting the garage into a third bedroom with bath, and a new backyard fence.
Perry Hotz, president of Habitat for Humanity of Delta County, explained that before the Alejandres could move into their new home they were required to put in 500 hours of "sweat equity" on this home and/or on other Habitat sponsored service projects, which they did. The Alejandres were then allowed to purchase their new home, at Habitat's cost, with financing through affordable no-interest loans.
Hotz also said that the Delta chapter board members (Fred Davenport, Candyce Blair, Tom Harding, Ken Christianson, Tana Carillo, Tate Locke, Marilyn Spor, Glen Austin and Roger Fulks) have chosen to keep the local chapter a grass roots organization, with no government funding, using only monies raised from fund raisers, non-governmental grants and donations from other organizations, all volunteer labor and an all volunteer board.
Hotz noted that Habitat is a non-denominational Christian organization whose mission is to "help provide all of God's children with affordable housing."
Hotz also noted that Habitat has been in Delta County for 20 years and over that time has built six Habitat homes in the county and is now in a position to do smaller jobs (handicap access, new roofing, etc.) via their Good Neighbor Project.
Hotz explained that, in addition to buying land building and/or renovating affordable homes in Delta County, the chapter also tithes to Habitat International, "and our tithes have been used to help six families obtain Habitat homes in other countries."
With that said, Hotz introduced the Alejandre family and the Delta Chapter's board of directors before offering KUDOs to the Colorado Association of REALTORS® Housing Opportunity Foundation (CARHOF) and Intrado, Inc., and others for their support and to Alice Padua for her role in coordinating the construction and completion of the Alejandre family's home.
Hotz said they are always looking for new board members, volunteers to work on the homes, people willing to work on fundraisers and of course all donations are always welcome. And, because land is now the most expensive part of the project, they are always in search of donated or low-cost real estate.
Hotz then introduced Rev. Jan Johnson, who blessed each member of the Alejandre family and each room in the home using one of the many blessings by renowned Irish poet, John O'Donohue.
Following the blessing everyone took part in the wonderful refreshments provided by the Habitat board.
For more information on regarding Habitat for Humanity of Delta County, call Perry Hotz at 856-3173.blog comments powered by Disqus