(Montrose, CO, July 26, 2019) – On September 27th, 1997 Habitat for Humanity completed its 10th home. On that day, Colleen Gallegos and her then 13 year old daughter Cherie and Kyle aged 9 cut the welcome ribbon to their new home. Colleen like all Habitat partner homeowners had completed over 250 hours of sweat equity and worked with Habitat diligently to qualify for an interest free home loan. Colleen is a Western Slope native growing up in Grand Junction, and then moving to Montrose. In 1997, she had been employed by Russell Stover for many years. The years have passed and the neighborhood where Colleen lives has grown and expanded. She has continued her career at Russell Stover and this November will celebrate forty years of employment.
Colleen’s children born and raised in Montrose still call the Western Slope home. Cherie now has a thirteen year old daughter herself and continues to live in Montrose. Kyle has stayed in the area but calls Grand Junction home. Twenty-two years ago, Colleen stated “I usually do not ask for help from others but I know that Habitat could help my family. I never could have afforded to have my own home in any other way. I am grateful for the opportunity I have been given.” Colleen reminisces about that comment from so long ago and says she still does not like to ask for help but her home was an opportunity and place where her family could grow.
June 28th, marked a special and emotional day for Colleen. With her Uncle by her side Colleen made one last visit to the Habitat for Humanity office and handed over her final mortgage check. She would like to give a special thanks to her Uncle Tony for the love and support over the years. Colleen, Cherie, and Kyle are the stories of Habitat. We at Habitat for Humanity believe that everyone deserves the foundation for a strong, healthy future for themselves and their families. To learn more of our partnerships and #costofhome campaign see www.buildinglives.org.