February 23, 2015 (Montrose, CO) Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans will hold its 46th home dedication on Tuesday, Monday, February 23rd at 9 am. The home dedication is free, open to the public and will be held at 127 Bluegrass Court.
The Woods family of three has given 500 hours in sweat equity toward the purchase of their home: through helping with contstruction on their home own, on the homes of other Habitat families, through cooking meals for special events and by many other ways. Although Habitat homes are subsidized based on household income, homeowners must pay a monthly, interest-free, 30-year mortgage.
The Woods’ family story can be found on the Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans website, www.buildinglives.org. Here is their self-told story:
“Words cannot express how grateful we are for being one of the families selected to receive a Habitat home. I [Maria] would like tell you a little about my family; we are a family filled with so much love, incredible fight and great courage! We are a family of three, the Woods family.
Matthew my husband is an amazing man of courage, perseverance, and passion to leading his family daily. Matthew is now fighting cancer for the third time, which is a battle that began at the age of 17 for him. It’s a very rare cancer that starts in his skull and has traveled to his brain. He has had many major surgeries of removing the skull and replacing it with muscle from other parts of his body, which has left him with some inabilities, yet he continues to fight with great courage daily. The love for his family and his passion for Christ give him the strength and drive not only to conquer each day but to lead his family. He has been a true example for Micah (our son) of a warrior. Teaching him to never to give up, never lose heart, and to finish the race.
Micah is a gift from God who has an incredible heart and the ability to make people laugh. Even through all that we have been through as a family, Micah’s character shows stronger than the circumstances, and at the same time still being a kid. A mother couldn’t be any prouder.
I, Maria Woods, am so proud to write of these amazing men God has given me. Between being a wife, mother, and caregiver, I also work at Teen Challenge House of Promise for women recovering from addictions through the finding of Christ. This past year has been pretty hard for our family with surgeries, chemo therapy, school and work, but the blessings that have been freely given to us have encouraged us, increased our faith, and strengthened us. Blessings of family, friends, continuous prayer, and the great blessing of receiving a home have been acts of love that have been life changing. A dream both my husband and I had, yet knowing it wouldn’t be possible, but through Habitat, our dream has come true. So, we say thank you to Habitat for Humanity, thank you to all the volunteers, and thank you to all the donors for you are changing lives. You are building up faith, giving hope, encouraging, comforting, and expressing true love. I can’t express how you’ve impacted and changed our lives.
You have become our miracle, and to you I say with tears in my eyes “Thank you so much”. To those out there who are thinking of donating, please do and become the miracle for families, fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, and children. Be their miracle and their hope, for that is what Habitat, Habitat volunteers, and donors have been for us, the Woods family.” – Told by Maria Woods
Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans has an ongoing open application process for Habitat homes. For more information about the home application process, go to www.buildinglives.org/apply. Although not free, Habitat homes are subsidized on a sliding scale for families meeting the income requirements, which are 30-60% of the area’s median household income. Qualifying families give at least 500 hours in volunteer work with the local Habitat affiliate in order to close on their home.
Over the past 23 years, Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County has empowered 45 local families to help build and move into homes of their own. Habitat for Humanity is always in need of volunteers to help with construction, special events and at the ReStore. To volunteer, please contact Meg Lowery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans go to www.buildinglives.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/habitatsanjuans, email Development Director Heather Zeilman at email@example.com, or call 970-252-9303.