(Montrose, CO March 18, 2021) – Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans (HFHSJ) is celebrating
its 30th anniversary by laying the groundwork for a Veteran Build in Montrose. The Veteran
Build will be the organization’s 60th home constructed since launching in 1991. The home is
slated for development in the West Meadows subdivision on Bluegrass Court. A number of
project phases, fundraisers and community celebrations are planned to help make this home a
reality for a local Veteran family.
“Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans is stepping up to help the needs of a local Veteran
family realize the American dream of owning their own home. Montrose is, and always has
been a great supporter of Veterans” stated Randy Havens, Vice President to the HFHSJ Board of
Directors. Local organizations like the American Legion, Welcome Home Alliance and the VFW
of Olathe have also already backed the project and the list of supporters continues to grow. Most recently, Builders First Source of Montrose committed their sponsorship.
“Partnering with the community to complete the pre-construction phase is first up on the list of
priorities to launch this important build. This phase includes fundraising and reaching out to our
building architects and engineers to put the plans in place” stated Executive Director Erica
Madison. The first fundraiser to support this build is an online auction of some unique and
beautiful, high quality donated statement pieces of furniture and décor from a family in Mountain Village. The auction makes these items available to supporters at a fraction of retail
prices. The auction will end March 26th . Auction items can be viewed and bids can be placed
through the HFHSJ website (buildinglives.org) by clicking on the auction link . All proceeds will
benefit the Veteran Build.
The second phase of the Veteran Build is the family selection process, during which the home
ownership application process will open. This phase is slated to begin later this spring and will
coincide with the second fundraiser: “Operation Playhouse.” Operation Playhouse is a fun, new
opportunity to join with the Habitat family in promoting affordable home ownership
opportunities for Veterans in the community by participating in a smaller home build project: a
playhouse. Supporters can work with their families, churches, businesses or other civic groups
to sponsor and build a playhouse. Playhouses can then be donated or auctioned at our first
annual Community Dinner, brought to you by Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans, Sharing
Ministries and JustServe.org, in downtown Montrose on September 25 th from 5:30-7:30 pm.
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The final project phase of the Veteran Build is construction and will begin once a partner family
is selected and fundraising completed. “In support of a Veteran family in our community,
Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans is thrilled to step up and facilitate this project. The
results of the Veteran Build Auction and Operation Playhouse, along with the Community
Dinner, will help in putting a roof over a family’s head, hang a door or two and set a few
windows. I trust the folks in our community will dig deep and join in and support this Veteran
Build effort” stated John Eloe, HFHSJ’s board president. For more information on how you can
join the Veteran Build Dream Team, support the home’s construction, join fundraising efforts or
otherwise gift your talents and support to a Veteran family in the community, contact Executive
Director, Erica Madison at firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 252-9303 X 5.
Habitat exists to create affordable and safe homes for families in need and accomplishes this by
partnering with individuals and businesses in each community we serve to fund construction.
Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans is a non-profit Christian based organization that builds
homes for families who earn 80-percent or lower average median income.
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.