Amidst COVID-19 Crisis, A New Habitat Homeowner Achieves Ownership

(Montrose, CO April 27, 2020) – Despite the current challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Cindy Plumber signed her name to mortgage documents today, taking ownership of her first home. “This is my daughter’s and my forever-home,” Plumber stated, “and without the opportunity to partner with Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans, it would have never happened.”

Plumber has worked with Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans (HFHSJ) to accomplish home ownership since December 2018. A long-time resident of the West End of Montrose County, Plumber first approached HFHSJ about potentially purchasing a home the organization owned in Norwood, after transitioning through several rental properties that were in deplorable conditions but still costing over $1,200 per month. “The cost, plus the conditions of the home, made me believe that I could never be a homeowner and maybe I didn’t deserve it,” explained Plumber at her contract signing earlier this year. “After working so hard through the past year to get myself into a financial position that could support the monthly mortgage and other home maintenance costs, I’ve learned to believe in myself again and I’ve shown my daughter that it is possible to overcome difficult circumstances.”

“Cindy’s story highlights the exact reason why Habitat exists,” stated HFHSJ Board President, John Eloe. “We are an organization that is dedicated to a hand-up, not a handout and Cindy fully embraced the Habitat homeownership process to accomplish her goals. We are thrilled to hand her the keys to her very own home.”

Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans is a non-profit Christian based organization that builds homes for families with 80-percent or lower average median incomes. The homes are built by volunteers and partner families from the community and sold at no profit. To learn more about how Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans is providing affordable home ownership solutions in Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties, or how you can volunteer, visit buildinglives.org or call 970-252-9303.

Pictured above, Cindy Plumber with daughter, Chloie