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2nd Annual Moonshiners Ball Brings Burlesque Dancers to the Entertainment!

(MONTROSE CO 08/16/14)— Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County brings its
Prohibition Era Moonshiners Event back to the Habitat Barn for year two on August 16th.
A highlight to this year’s event is the addition of four Burlesque Dancers who will be
serving up entertainment with dance performances throughout the night, including
trapeze-style stunts. In addition to the dancers, this year’s event will also include a new
layout with a VIP gambling tent, more space for dancing and socializing as well as a
new stage set up for the Anders Brothers Band.

The moonshine will be literally trucked all the way from Durham, NC.
“Last year’s event was an incredible success and we anticipate event greater successes
this year with higher attendance and an ever-improving program,” says Development
Director Heather Zeilman. “It’s mind blowing to think that the Prohibition was only 100
years ago! This night lets us all step back into history, including dressing up in a 1920s
fashion. Think “The Great Gatsby”. For those needing a safe ride home, Turner Toyota
will be providing a free shuttle service during and after the event.

VIP tables are still available and include a gambling table for 8 in the VIP tent with its
own food bar and cocktail waitress. Contact Zeilman for more information.

Other Moonshiners Ball sponsors include: The Presenting Sponsor, The Bank of
Colorado, Abrams, Alpine Bank, Bank of the West, the City of Montrose, Chilis, Flower
Motor Co., The Daily Press, Firefly Distillery, Park Avenue Parties, Ridgway Valley,
Cornerstone Home Lending, Montrose Real Estate, San Juan Construction, Incl, and
Turner Automotive.

H4H is still taking sponsors and donations for Silent Auction items. Please contact
Heather Zeilman if you are interested in knowing more about supporting this event.
Tickets are $35 and are for sale online at www.buildinglives.org/events and at the H4H
ReStore in Montrose, the Bank of Colorado and Chilis Restaurant.

Over the past 23 years, Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County has empowered 44 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 new ReStore. To volunteer, please contact us at
restore@habitatmontrose.org or 970-252-9304.To learn more about Habitat for Humanity in Montrose, go
to www.buildinglives.org.

Habitat Montrose to Break Ground on Three Homes

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CONTACT: Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County Executive Director
Colleen Burke 970-252-9303

HABITAT MONTROSE TO BREAK GROUND ON THREE HOMES

(MONTROSE CO 5/1/14)— Please join us on Wed, May 7th at 10:00am to celebrate the groundbreaking of three new Habitat Homes with our homeowners and our community partners. We will be building on 119, 127 and 128 Bluegrass Court.

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. According to Habitat, it was the founding Fullers who “developed the concept of ‘partnership housing,’” which hinged on the idea of ” those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses.

Today, Habitat for Humanity is an international organization that assists individuals all over the world, and has successfully built over a half million homes which provide shelter to approximately 2.5 million individuals in over 90 countries.

Though it serves the world over, there are plenty of ways locals can get involved with Habitat for Humanity, specifically though the Montrose County Affiliate.  Colleen Burke, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County, explains the positive mission of the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.

“The overwhelming need for safe, affordable housing in Montrose County has provided Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County (HFHMC) with a unique opportunity to change lives in our neighborhoods,” Burke explains. “Habitat for Humanity is one of the few – if not only – affordable home ownership programs that serves families and individuals earning 30-70% of the median family income. Cost burden and overcrowding are the most serious problems experienced by very low-income area residents. Working with volunteers, families and individuals, corporations, congregations and donors we are able to tackle this important housing issue in Montrose County. We are dedicated to making homeownership possible for hardworking, low-income families and individuals.”

One of the exciting things about Habitat for Humanity is that not only does it provide the basic necessity of shelter, but it encourages the accompanying responsibilities that come with home-ownership. The organization offers not a hand-out, but a hand-up; Habitat for Humanity requires its homeowners “to invest up to 500 hours of sweat equity to help build their home and each qualify for a non-profit mortgage,” Burke points out.

“Since 1991, we have built 44 homes in Montrose County. Shelter is a basic human need and Habitat for Humanity strives to achieve its goal of eliminating substandard housing by making decent, sustainable and affordable housing a reality for everyone.”

And volunteers are very much wanted! The organization thrives through the generosity both of volunteers who give their time, and those who volunteer supporting funds. “Volunteers are the heart of Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County,” Burke explains. “Hundreds of volunteers lend a hand to build and rehabilitate homes with us year after year. HFHMA brings together individual and group volunteers to ensure that everyone can live in safe, decent and affordable housing.”

Volunteers can sign up to volunteer at construction sites, in the Habitat for Humanity office, and in the ReStore. (The ReStore sells donated materials including new and gently used furniture, appliances, lumber, hardware, vintage and unique items to the public. All prices are at least 50% off retail value and all proceeds from the ReStore are used toward the Habitat for Humanity mission to end substandard housing worldwide.) No previous construction experience is necessary to volunteer.

Donations to Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County are also tax-deductible and qualify for the Enterprise Zone Tax Credit and can be used to help Habitat for Humanity to fight poverty and the housing crisis and to empower the community as a whole.

Over the past 23 years, Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County has empowered 44 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 new ReStore.   To volunteer, please contact us at restore@habitatmontrose.org or 970-252-9304.To learn more about Habitat for Humanity in Montrose, emailcolleen@habitatmontrose.org, or call 970-252-9303.

HABITAT MONTROSE HOSTS STUDENT VOLUNTEERS FOR SPRING BREAK

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CONTACT: Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County Executive Director
Colleen Burke 970-252-9303 ext. 6, colleen@habitatmontrose.org

Montrose, Co., (April 25, 2014) – Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County will host students from Saginaw Valley State University during their spring break May 6-17th to help build homes for families in need of affordable housing. Students are participating in Habitat for Humanity’s national alternative break program, Collegiate Challenge.

“We are delighted to have this group of college students join us in our efforts to begin the construction of 3 new Habitat Homes in the West Meadows Subdivision. Their energy and enthusiasm is contagious and will get our construction season off to a wonderful start” says Colleen Burke, Executive Director.

Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge alternative break program is celebrating its 25th anniversary this spring.  The program, which invites students to spend one week working with Habitat affiliates to build homes and improve communities, was started in 1989. Since then, more than 230,000 college- and high school-aged students have volunteered during their spring break to help build or rehabilitate homes, donating nearly $24 million to Habitat affiliates.

”We are grateful to all of the students who have so graciously dedicated their spring break to helping others over the last 25 years,” said Mark Andrews, Habitat for Humanity International’s vice president of volunteer and institutional engagement. “Many families have been able to realize their dream of home ownership thanks to the Collegiate Challenge program.”

The Collegiate Challenge program is one of the many programs Habitat has to engage the next generation of leaders in Habitat’s work. In addition to the ongoing support State Farm® offices provide to local Habitat affiliates across the United States, State Farm has served as the national corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity’s youth programs since 2007.

About Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County
Over the past 20 years, Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County has empowered 44 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 new ReStore.   To volunteer, please contact us at restore@habitatmontrose.org or 970-252-9304.To learn more about Habitat for Humanity in Montrose, emailcolleen@habitatmontrose.org, or call 970-252-9303.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates improving access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer visit habitat.org.

HABITAT MONTROSE TO DEDICATE 44th HOME

(MONTROSE CO 4/23/14)—It’s a party, and you’re invited! Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County will dedicate our 44th home on Friday, April 25th.

New homeowner Shelly Hubbard, a single mom to Michael and Joya, works at The United Methodist Church and for the Montrose School District in the Olathe after school program. Shelly recently completed 250 hours of sweat equity with the help of her family and friends. Now the family will celebrate the occasion in their new Habitat home—and we hope you will too! Please come and honor this amazing accomplishment with us at 111 Bluegrass Court, at 10 a.m.

Over the past 20 years, Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County has empowered 44 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 new ReStore.   To volunteer, please contact us at restore@habitatmontrose.org or 970-252-9304.To learn more about Habitat for Humanity in Montrose, emailcolleen@habitatmontrose.org, or call 970-252-9303.

 

Habitat For Humanity Loses A Dear Friend

Jim

Habitat for Humanity has lost one of our long time dedicated construction volunteers.  Jim Houston passed away on Friday, February 1st in Montrose Colorado surrounded by his wife Sandy, his five grown children and his friends. Jim worked as a dedicated construction volunteer for Habitat for over six years. He worked on homes on Canyon Court and Works Way. He also provided great assistance with the renovation of the Habitat ReStore.

Jim spent his career as Dental Surgeon both in the military and in private practice. Habitat for Humanity lost a dear friend and dedicated volunteer and he will be greatly missed. A private memorial service will be held on February 23rd. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you make a donation to Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County in Jim’s name.

MONTROSE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL DONATES A HOUSE TO MONTROSE HABITAT

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CONTACT: Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County Executive Director Colleen Burke 970-252-9303

MONTROSE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL DONATES A HOUSE TO MONTROSE HABITAT

(MONTROSE, CO. 12-21-12)—It’s a case of a home needing a new home…when Montrose Memorial Hospital recently donated the house at 847 South Fifth Street to Habitat for Humanity, the only requirement was that the non-profit find a new location for the structure.  The 1,000 square-foot house will be moved to a new lot in the Downtown area once an appropriate site is found, said Montrose Habitat Executive Director Colleen Burke. No longer needed for its original purposes, the house will eventually house an important community organization.

“We are seeking a donated lot within City limits,” Burke said. “We also welcome cash donations and volunteers to help with the project. Habitat will work in partnership with Welcome Home Montrose to move the house and rebuild it so that it is a safe, warm, and efficient home for the Welcome Home Montrose Dream Job program.”

“The Hospital is happy to donate this house to Habitat for Humanity,” Montrose Memorial Hospital Spokesperson Leann Tobin said.  “In the past we have housed medical and nursing students here; however, we no longer have that need and are excited to give it to someone who can use it.”

By working together, community groups can help to ease the transition for wounded soldiers as they return to civilian life, said Welcome Home Montrose Founder Melanie Kline.

“WHM is honored to partner with the amazing organizations here in Montrose as we join together on behalf of our heroes,” Kline said. “The people in this community have stepped up to insure that we have the resources in place to succeed. Thank you to Montrose Memorial Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, Timberline Bank, Ralph and Karen Walchle, and the dozens of people and many groups helping to make this initiative possible.”

The project will make a difference in the community, said Burke, who expressed gratitude for the donation.

“We are very honored to receive such a generous donation from Montrose Memorial Hospital,” Burke said. “This is an exciting opportunity for us to collaborate with another Montrose non-profit organization to support housing and job training for Veterans. Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County is experiencing a very exciting time as our capacity grows and we are able to take on special projects such as this. In addition to this housing project for Veterans, we will begin construction on a new home this spring.”

Welcome Home Montrose (WHM) is a 501(c) 3 organization that is bringing together public and private resources with the goal of making the City of Montrose, Colorado, an open arms community with a “NO BARRIERS” environment, a place where the wounded warriors of America’s Armed Forces can rebuild their lives and find purpose regardless of their physical abilities. A centralized, community-wide effort, WHM coordinates the development and growth of programs designed to assist veterans and their families with the burdens they will face as they transition into society and reintegrate with family life, from jobs, homes and services to recreation. WHM embodies a caring community whose goal is to prevent the isolation and suicide of American combat soldiers and the heartbreak of the families who love them.

Over the past 20 years, Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County has empowered 42 local families to help build and move into homes of their own.  To organize a build day with your company or community group, please contact Bill Bond at 970-901-9576. To volunteer, please contact us at restore@habitatmontrose.org or 970-252-9304.  To learn more about Habitat for Humanity in Montrose, emailcolleen@habitatmontrose.org, or call 970-252-9303.

 

SEEKING NEW HOMEOWNERS

Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County is holding two Mandatory Informational Orientation Housing Meetings.  You must attend one meeting either Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 10:00 am or Monday, January 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Zion Lutheran Church at 701 S. Junction Ave, Montrose, CO, to fill out an application and see if you qualify.  Call the office 970-252-9303, Ext. 2 for more information. Habitat for Humanity is an equal opportunity provider, and employer.

Mondays Are Discount Day For Seniors And Veterans  

Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County has partnered with Welcome Home Montrose to offer our Veterans a 10% discount every Monday!. If you are a Veteran, stop by the Welcome Home Montrose Resource Center at 11 S. Park Ave. to register.

WHC will give you a personalized set of dog tags. Just come into the ReStore on Mondays and proudly show us your dog tags and you will receive 10% off your entire purchase!

Senior Discount

Every Monday is Senior Citizen Discount Day! All Seniors receive a 10% discount off their entire purchase at the ReStore.