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Dinner on Main Street Set for September 25

MONTROSE, CO – Sharing Ministries, Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans and JustServe.org announces the first annual Dinner on Main Street – a community outdoor barbecue dinner and the celebration of gathering as a community. This event is inspired by two major milestones for the entities: Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans is officially entering its 30th year of operations while Sharing Ministries enters its 25th.

Dinner on Main Street will be a downtown Montrose event taking place outside on the first block of East Main Street that “harkens to the days of Main in Motion, with a twist!”, states Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans Executive Director, Erica Madison. Dinner will be served at long tables, set up in the middle of the street. The Black Canyon Boys & Girls Club will also be on site, operating the beer tent. All alcohol sales will benefit the Boys & Girls Club as they finish the last leg of their major capital campaign to build a new facility with greater capacity to continue serving youth in the community.

The Dinner on Main is a special event based on the simple belief that community is meant to gather and gathering is a gift we appreciate now, more than ever states the Dinner on Main partners. Therefore, the entire community is invited to dine together in the middle of Main Street this fall.
The annual dinner starts at 5:30PM and the cost is $20 per plate. The partnership also has several sponsorship opportunities for interested organizations and individuals. Registration is available online or in person at 1245 E. Main Street at the Our Town Matters Business Center or by calling (970) 765-0913.

All dinner proceeds will equally benefit Sharing Ministries & Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans.

About Sharing Ministries – Sharing Ministries, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), faith-based, non-profit organization. Their mission is to provide nutritional food to those in need while facilitating education and communication to other community resources. They have a diverse board of directors to help lead the organization.

About Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans – Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans is a locally owned and operated affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Their operations are directed by a local Board of Directors and executed by Erica Madison, Executive Director. They serve Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties. Habitat for Humanity International is an organization that was founded in 1976 by Millard and
Linda Fuller. The Fullers, inspired by their visit to the small Christian community of Koinonia Farm, embarked on their own quest to provide housing for all who deserved and desired it.

About JustServe.org – JustServe.org is a website where the volunteer needs of organizations may be posted and volunteers may search for places to serve in the community, providing opportunities to help those in need and enhance the quality of life in the community.

Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans Celebrating 30TH Anniversary by Kicking off Plans for 60TH Home-A Veteran Build

(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.
Save the date!

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 erica@buildinglives.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.

 

Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans to Dedicate 56th Home

Photo Credit: Amy Zuniga, Jade and Copper Photography

(Montrose, CO July 21, 2020) – Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans has completed its 56th home, located at 40 Bluegrass Court in the West Meadows subdivision. A small dedication service will be held on Friday, July 24th at 2 pm at the home. The dedication will honor the volunteers, countless community contributions and contractors whose work made this home a reality for owners Les and Katy Mascarenas. Individuals who would like to attend the dedication must RSVP to erica@buidinglives.org.

Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans construction manager, Alvino Trujillo, led the completion of this home throughout the Covid-19 crisis, alongside key volunteers like Kevin Kennedy and Craig Taylor. Several volunteer crews convened throughout construction to complete projects such as siding, fencing and laying sod. Those crews included the West Meadows subdivision community build day; the Montrose Forest Products build day; several build days by members of Calvary Chapel Church; and the Women’s Build Day hosted by Corks Fine Wine & Spirits.

“Build teams are the cornerstone of what makes our homes affordable,” stated Executive Director Erica Madison. “Equally critical are the contributions made by the contractors we partner with to build a Habitat home.” Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans, in partnership with the Mascarenas family, extends its gratitude to the following organizations and businesses for their support, donations of materials and labor: ATG Seamless Gutters; D&S Underground Inc.; Kuboske Construction Company, LLC.; Rhodes Plumbing, LLC.; Monarch Heating & Cooling; Accurate Insulation; Lambert & Associates; Mesa Building & Foundation Design; Motley Architecture & Design; Flairmont Furniture; Montrose Forest Products; Montrose Garage Doors; Crossroads Electric Inc.; Avila Concrete; Builders First Source; Alpine Lumber; Abel’s Ace Hardware, Home Depot; Jake’s Crane Service; Outwest Drywall; Unlimited Drywall & Stucco; and the United State Department of Agriculture.

An exclusive home tour will be held July 23rd and 24th for members of the public who are interested in touring the home and learning more about Habitat for Humanity and its programs. Tours will occur hourly, starting at 9 am. The last tour each day will begin at 5 pm. To ensure proper social distancing and maintain small tour group sizes, an RSVP is required to attend. Attendees are asked to wear masks. To RSVP, please contact Executive Director, Erica Madison at erica@buildinglives.org.

“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,” stated Habitat’s board president, John Eloe. Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans is a non-profit Christian based organization that builds homes for families with an 80-percent or lower average median income.

To view photos of the newest home, visit buildinglives.org/campaigns/mascarenes-family/. 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.

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

A Night of Sharing and Music

Building Commu-UNITY

Join us for a relaxing evening of sharing and music. “Isn’t She” will perform musical selections with a short piece by Habitat for Humanity highlighting the need for building partnerships within our community. Complimentary refreshments provided.

February 13th, 2020

First Presbyterian Church of Montrose

1840 E. Niagara, Montrose 6:30pm-7:30pm

 

Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans to Dedicate Park Avenue Triplex

(Montrose, CO December 2,2019) – The public is invited to attend the dedication of the Park Avenue triplex on Saturday, December 7th at 1 pm. The dedication will honor the hundreds of volunteers, countless community contributions and work completed by the new owners and their families as sweat equity. Pastor Rolland Kenneson of Rosemont Baptist Church will preside over the blessing. The public is invited to attend.

The triplex on Park Avenue marks Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans’ 53rd, 54th and 55th homes completed in the Montrose area. “This project has had a long lifeline,” stated Erica Weeks, executive director at Habitat for Humanity. “Our board, staff and supporters are delighted to be at the final stage of completion for these homes and we are certain the families and new homeowners are as well. We want nothing more than each family to enjoy a warm Christmas in their new homes.”

“The Montrose community has stood by us throughout this construction process with all of its ups and downs and we would love to invite the community back out to the completed homes to celebrate their completion, this holiday season” stated board president, John Eloe. The dedication theme will be “Home for the Holidays.” Habitat for Humanity is offering tours of one of the units, along with cake and invites the public to join. The celebration will occur at the triplex on Park Avenue (333 S. Park Avenue). Parking will be street side.

“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,” stated Habitat’s board president, John Eloe. 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.

 

Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans to Hold Ground Blessing Ceremony for 56TH Home

(Montrose, CO November 15, 2019) – The
public is invited to attend a ground blessing on Monday, November 18th
at 10:30 am for Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans’ 56th home,
located at 40 Bluegrass Court in the West Meadows subdivision. Habitat officially
broke ground on Monday, November 4—approximately two weeks ahead of schedule.
The new home will soon belong to future owners, Les and Katie Mascaranes.
Pastor Ben Garate of Calvary Chapel will preside over the blessing. The public
is invited to attend.

“The application process for this home
began several years ago,” stated the organization’s executive director, Erica Weeks.
“The Mascaranes underwent an extensive application process and is now embarking
on construction, where both Les and Katie are required to complete 250 sweat
equity hours in the home’s construction process before they can move in to the
new home.” The 1,100 square foot home is slated for completion by May 2020.

 “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,” stated Habitat’s board president, John Eloe. 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.

Local Habitat for Humanity Homeowner Makes Final Mortgage Payment

(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.

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Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans to Restart Construction on Park Avenue Triplex in Montrose


For Immediate Release
(Montrose, CO, May 8, 2019) – Construction at the triplex on Park Avenue in Montrose will commence again in early June for Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans. Previous construction activities came to a halt in late 2018 when the federal government’s impending shutdown delayed funding that was slated to complete the last third of the triplex. With funding once again in place, Habitat expects to complete construction later this fall.

“We know that the partner families who have been chosen for these homes are anxiously waiting to move in,” stated Erica Weeks, the organization’s new executive director. “Now that funding is secured, we will begin to work closely with the partner families, the construction team and community to ensure a smooth completion.”

The triplex is a new construction design that Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans piloted under the direction of Colleen Aller, the organization’s previous executive director. The building allows for greater density in downtown Montrose, a function that increases the inventory of quality homes available within the community, given the fixed amount of land available. Construction originally began in September 2017.

“Habitat exists to create affordable and safe homes for families in need and we accomplish this by partnering with individuals and businesses in each community we serve to fund construction,” stated Habitat’s board president, John Eloe. “We are thrilled to complete the triplex and are asking for the community’s ongoing support through volunteering or donations for future homes.”

Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans is a non-profit Christian based organization that builds homes with lower income families. The homes are built by volunteers and partner families from the community and sold at no profit – no interest to partner families in need. The mortgage payments made by homeowners are used to build more homes, in addition to donations and sponsorships by private individuals and businesses.

To learn how you can volunteer with Habitat or obtain a volunteer package, call the Habitat office at 970-252-9303.

Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans Names New Executive Director

February 19, 2019 (MONTROSE, CO) — Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans has named Erica Weeks as new executive director of the non-profit.

Weeks brings experience in the public sector, non-profit administration, grant writing and fundraising as well as an appreciation for safe, affordable housing to the position.

“Housing is a top priority for our region and I share the vision that every family in Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel county deserves access and opportunity to a home that meets those standards,” said Weeks.

“After an extensive national search, it’s great to find our new executive director right here in western Colorado. She brings great leadership and experience to the helm and the Board looks forward to working with Erica in continuing our efforts to provide affordable housing to the region,” said John Eloe, Chairman of the Board.

Weeks grew up in the Olathe and Montrose area and graduated from Olathe High School. She completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Colorado at Denver and will graduate in May with an advanced degree in Public Administration from Villanova University. She also holds several certificates in city management and grant writing and management.

“My vision has always been to serve the community and region I call home in a meaningful way. It is an honor to step into this position and I’m excited for the opportunity to work with the Habitat board and staff,” said Weeks.

Weeks returned to Montrose in 2007. Since then, she has helped raise and manage over $17 million in grant procurements. Most recently, she has worked across the state with RPI Consulting to tackle many of the unique challenges that face rural communities, such as employment, business attraction and retention and community development.

The local Habitat affiliate has seven homes, including triplexes in Montrose and Ridgway, slated for construction by the end of 2020. Weeks is excited to roll up her sleeves to see each of these projects through to completion, as well as to plan the organization’s next steps.

“If I don’t show physical investment in the mission, I can’t expect others in the community to invest either.”

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans or to join their efforts to connect more local families with safe homes and affordable mortgages, visit buildinglives.org.