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Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans dedicates its 46th home

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 meg@buildinglives.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 heather@buildinglives.org, or call 970-252-9303.

 

 

 

Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans dedicates its 45th home

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           

CONTACT: Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans Executive Director

Colleen Burke 970-252-9303

 January 20, 2015 in Montrose

Montrose, Colorado:  Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans will hold its 45th home dedication on Tuesday, January 20 at 119 Bluegrass Court at 9 am.  The home dedication is free and open to the public to attend.

For the last year, the Ryser/Kasamis family of five has donated 500 hours in sweat equity toward the purchase of their home.  Although Habitat homes are subsidized based on household income, homeowners must pay a monthly, interest-free, 30 year mortgage.

“It’s a common misnomer that we are giving homes away for free,” shares Executive Director, Colleen Burke.  “The reality is that homeowners must meet minimum and maximum requirements in order to qualify and eventually close on their home.  It’s also a misconception as to WHO are families are.  Great fits for Habitat homes are young teachers, police officers in the early part of their career.  We serve families, single parents and some families are single adults with no children.”

In addition to sweat equity hours that each family must dedicate prior to closing on their home, there are income requirements as well.  Families in Montrose County must have a household income between 30-60% of the County’s median household income.  For example, it is suggested that a family of five have an annual gross income that is less than $38,600 and greater than $19,350 to be eligible for a Habitat home.  There are also debt ratio requirements and a background check prior to approval.

“We say this a lot because it’s our mantra – we provide a hand UP, not a hand out – and we stick to it,” explains Burke.  We are able to work with families based on their unique situations, especially when it comes to the volunteer hour piece.  We have families who have members with physical limitations that mean they can’t physically work on their home.  So, we find something else for them to do, whether it be helping at the ReStore, helping out at events, etc.  One of our families has a gifted videographer and his talent has proved extremely valuable to us, while also providing him with the hours he and his family needed.”

Crowd funding for each Habitat family’s home under construction takes place live at the H4HSJ website www.buildinglives.org.  There are two other families whose homes are being completed and donors can go directly to the site, read the family’s stories and give there.  Because H4HSJ is located within an Enterprise Zone, cash donations receive a 25% tax write off at the State level and an additional 25% at the Federal level.

Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans opens the home application process each year in December – January.  The last open enrollment closed on January 7, 2015.  For more information about the home application process, go to www.buildinglives.org/apply.

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 ReStore.  To volunteer, please contact Meg Lowery at meg@buildinglives.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 heather@buildinglives.org, or call 970-252-9303.

 

 

 

Habitat for Humanity Merges to Become Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                   

CONTACT: Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans Executive Director

Colleen Burke 970-252-9303

 

The boards of Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County and Habitat for Humanity of the Telluride Region unanimously approved to merge last month in a move their leaders say will cut expenses, improve leadership, bridge partnerships, increase the population and geographic served, and strengthen the organization.

“The merger represents another step in the strong growth that our affiliate has experienced over the past several years,” shares Board President Betty Tomlinson. “We are excited about increasing our footprint while we remain committed to maintaining our participation and value in the area we currently serve.”

The Habitat of Montrose County board and its Executive Director, Colleen Burke, will continue to lead the now combined affiliates.  The name for the new organization is Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans, which will be headquartered at the current 1601 N Townsend location in Montrose.

“When you look at bringing these two incredible organizations together, you have a wonderful marriage in terms of efficiency,” said Colleen Burke,  “We can serve more families, which is the primary focus for Habitat for Humanity.”

Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans will signal its expanded focus with a new tagline: “Building Homes, Communities and Hope in Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel Counties.”

The combined Habitat affiliate will continue to offer homeownership and financial-education opportunities to families living on 30 to 60 percent of the area’s median income. Once qualified and accepted into the program, family partners agree to invest 250 hours of “sweat equity” in their own and other Habitat homes, successfully complete the organization’s Homebuyer Academy, and make payments on a non-profit, 30‐year mortgage set at 30% of their income.

The two chapters’ leaders talked in the past about coming together, though not seriously until this past summer when the Telluride affiliate decided the timing was right and their Executive Director, Jeff Hauser, felt it was time to step down and pass the torch.

“One immediate benefit will come in the form of in-kind donations,” Burke explains. Prior to the merge, we were paying a monthly fee for the right to solicit donations in the Telluride territory, which included all of Ouray and San Miguel Counties. We rely heavily on our resort communities to donate high quality goods to our ReStore.  We will also now manage one of the Norwood mortgages previously serviced through the Telluride affiliate.”

“Instead of having two payrolls and two administrative offices, two insurance programs, two bookkeepers, we’ll centralize our operations in Montrose,” Burke said. “We’ll be able to spend more money on development and less on operations. We have a highly professional team in place and we are all eager to start building relationships across our new territory.”

“This is something Habitat is interested in nationwide,” she added. “With the economy, we’re all trying to be more efficient.”

As head of the Montrose affiliate, Burke worked closely with Habitat for Humanity International and Habitat for Humanity of Colorado as well as local partners to improve finances and operations. She is credited with turning the organization around and building new partnerships while nurturing existing ones, and looks forward to doing the same for the combined organization.

About Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans – formerly Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County:

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 ReStore.  To volunteer, please contact Meg Lowery at meg@buildinglives.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 heather@buildinglives.org, or call 970-252-9303.

Habitat Opens Homeowner Pre-Application Period

Habitat for Humanity will be accepting pre-applications for housing from November 20th – January 7th at the housing office. You can pick up a pre-application at the office or you can download it here. Please print it, complete it and bring it back to the housing office by January 7th at noon. The office is located at 1601 N. Townsend Ave in Montrose Colorado at the south end of the front of the ReStore building. We are open to the public from 9am to 3pm Monday – Friday. For more information contact Lori Zimmer at 970-252-9303 ext 4 or email lori@habitatmontrose.org.

You must also bring:
– A month of paystubs and proof of all income including child support, social security, etc.
– Proof of Legal U.S. Residency – Driver’s License, Permanent Resident Card, INS Certificate, or U.S. Birth Certificate (all family members)
– Residency proof – You must have lived in Montrose County for one year prior to the application period to qualify. You can show this by providing a utility bill or lease

You will be notified within three working days of your application status. If you pass the pre-qualification application, you will be invited to attend the Mandatory Orientation on January 12th at 5:30 at the Montrose Regional Library located at 320 S. 2nd Street, Montrose.

If your family, or a family you know, is in need of decent, affordable housing, please Click here to apply. We will explain the application process and provide information on the availability, size and cost of Habitat homes in our area.

Each Habitat affiliate selects “partner families” to become Habitat homeowners. Habitat for Humanity follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing partner families. Partner families are always selected based on their level of need, ability to pay and willingness to partner.

Applicants are required to meet several qualifications to ensure success. Prospective homeowners must:
##Be citizens or legal residents.
##Prove steady income.
##Have good credit.
##Earn a monthly income that falls within minimum and maximum limits, depending on household size.
##Sustain a savings account over a specified period of time.

In addition, each partner family will be required to:
##Invest sweat-equity hours in building his/her home and others.
##Make an affordable down payment.
##Make timely mortgage payments.
##Attend homeowner education classes.

Listed below are the current income levels that we will accept along with all information that is needed in order for us to process your application.

Click here to find out how to qualify -English
Click here to find out how to qualify – Spanish

Family of: More than this: Less than this:
1 $12,850 $24,240
2 $13,850 $27,660
3 $15,600 $31,140
4 $17,300 $34,560
5 $18,700 $37,380
6 $20,100 $40,140
7 $21,500 $42,900
8 $22,850 $45,660

Example: It is suggested that a family of five have an annual gross income that is less than $38,600 and greater than $19,350 to be eligible for a Habitat home.

These guidelines will be used when determining your total annual gross income from all stable income (i.e. employment, food stamps, SSI, etc.). This information will be taken from your completed application. In most cases we will use your current gross monthly income as adjusted to yearly income when using these guidelines.

The above figures are based on HUD guidelines for median family income for non-metro counties in Colorado. They are derived by obtaining the figures for 100% of median family income for non-metro counties for families with one through eight persons, then taking 50% of the figures to obtain our maximum yearly incomes allowable, and 30% of those figures to obtain our minimum yearly incomes allowable. The only exception to this is when the minimum 30% figure is not at least $12,850.

Meet Me at the Barn September 13

BIG SANDY (1)

Presented by Pickin’ Productions and Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County

Big Sandy Coming To Montrose Saturday, September 13th;

Only Western Colorado Appearance This Fall

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 25th Anniversary Celebration Tour Continues For 21 More US Dates; Only Western Colorado Appearance Set For Saturday, September 13th In Montrose As Part Of Habitat For Humanity’s Meet Me @ The Barn Music Series

Gates open @ 6:30pm
Big Sandy takes the stage at 7:30pm
Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door
Food and drink for sale at event (please no outside food or drink)
Purchase tickets at www.buildinglives.org/events

Big Sandy is back! Back in the USA, that is. After having spent the better part of the last several months performing on festival stages and in sold-out concert venues throughout Europe, the big man of American roots music is elated to be back in The States. Big Sandy and the Boys will be touring this summer and
fall touring in August, September and October from the coast of California to the shores of Delaware Bay. Still touring in support of What a Dream It’s Been, the critically acclaimed acoustic album that reinterprets a dozen of the band’s favorite originals from their extensive back catalog, this round of shows will cover both coasts and select cities in the West and Midwest. While revisiting gems from the past, What A Dream… (released in late 2013 by indie rootsabel Cow Island Music) firmly establishes itself as much more than a ‘greatest hits’ package. With strains of the blues, hillbilly, country, swing, rock steady, and, of course, rockabilly running through the its 12 tracks, the album transforms Sandy’s catalog into his version of the Great American Songbook.
For nearly three decades, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys have kept up a constant cycle of traveling back and forth across the lower 48, then hopping across the pond to Europe and beyond. They bring with them a brand of American Music that has earned them an induction into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, several national television appearances, guest spots on The Grand Ole Opry, and a slew of adoring fans. Big Sandy and the band have made three appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, as well as All Things Considered with Melissa Block.”I truly love being out on the road, and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to sing my songs all over the world,” says Sandy. “But when I’m away from the U.S. for too long, it’s like I need a recharge… like I need a solid dose of everything Americana. Give me a Chuck Berry song while rolling down the interstate, or a truck stop conversation with a waitress who once danced with Lefty Frizzell, and I’m good for another 3000 miles.”

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys Fall Tour Dates
Tues., 8/26 – Tuesdays in the Plaza, Healdsburg, CA
Thurs., 8/28 – Fullerton Summer Concert Series, Fullerton, CA
Sat., 8/30 – Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach, CA
Fri., 9/12 – Skylark Lounge, Denver, CO
Sat., 9/13 – Meet Me @ The Barn, Montrose, CO
Wed., 9/17 – Ashland Coffee & Tea, Ashland, VA
Thurs., 9/18 – The Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA
Fri., 9/19 – IOTA Club & Café, Arlington, VA
Sat., 9/20 – Sellersville Theatre, Sellersville, PA
Sun., 9/21 – Abilene Bar and Lounge, Rochester, NY
Mon., 9/22 – Sportsmen’s Tavern, Buffalo, NY
Wed., 9/24 – World Cafe Live at The Queen, Wilmington, DE
Thurs., 9/25 – Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park, NJ
Fri., 9/26 – Club Helsinki, Hudson, NY
Sat., 9/27 – The New England Shake Up, Sturbridge, MA
Sun., 9/28 – Plymouth Americana Festival, The Spire, Plymouth, MA
Mon., 9/29 – Cafe Nine, New Haven, CT
Wed., 10/1 – Natalie’s, Worthington, OH
Thurs., 10/2 – Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill, Grand Rapids, MI
Fri., 10/3 – FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, IL
Sat., 10/4 – Beale On Broadway, St. Louis, MO

If you haven’t heard the album yet, you can stream it in its entirety via this link: What A Dream It’s Been

For more information about Big Sandy, to schedule an interview or request press and photo passes or a copy of the album, please call Larry Kay with Night Train PR at (215) 370-9498 or email nighttrainpr@voicenet.com
For more information about the Meet Me @ The Barn Music Series, contact Rob Miller of Pickin’ Productions at 970-260-6493 or pickinproductions@gmail.com.
For info about Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County, contact Development Director, Heather Zeilman at 970-252-9303 or heather@habitatmontrose.org

Second Annual Moonshiners Ball Brings Burlesque Dancers to the Entertainment

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GOT SHINE? – The 2014 Habitat for Humanity Moonshiner’s Ball is set for Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Habitat Barn located on North Townsend Avenue. Along with the Anders Brothers Band, there will be burlesque dancers, gambling, a silent auction, food and drinks. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the Habitat ReStore, Chili’s and the Bank of Colorado. Pictured is a scene from last year’s hootenanny. For more information, call 970/252-9303. (Courtesy photo)

MONTROSE – Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County brings its Prohibition Era Moonshiners Event back to the Habitat Barn on two Aug. 16. Highlights this year include burlesque dancers, a VIP gambling tent, and the Anders Brothers Band.

The moonshine will be literally trucked all the way from Durham, N.C.

“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 offer a free shuttle service.

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. Call Heather Zeilman at 970/252-9304 or visit www.buildinglives.org for info.

 

Bluegrass Builds A Home in Montrose

(MONTROSE CO 07/10/14)— “Meet Me @ The Barn” kicks off its inaugural night at the
Habitat Barn on Monday, July 21st with Bozeman, Montana band Flatt Cheddar!
A new brand for the local music scene boasting a unique outdoor venue, Meet Me @
The Barn (MMATB) events offer a promising concept to build homes as well as
community.

“It’s the easiest Do It Yourself home project on the planet!” claims new Development
Director, Heather Zeilman. “Kick back, enjoy great live music, help build a home. How
great is that?”

Not only is the Habitat Barn, which is located behind the Habitat for Humanity of
Montrose County office and ReStore Building at 1601 N. Townsend, a novel space for
music on the Western Slope, but the location provides semi-primitive overnight
accommodations for those coming from out of town as well as those who would rather
not make the drive home after an MMATB event.

“We have a big vision for events at the barn, with new additions and changes planned
out in phases as our budget allows: an amphitheater, beautiful rusted fencing via Recla
Metal, drought tolerant landscaping, multiple stages for festivals, designated camping –
the sky is the limit with the 10 acres of space we have available. We want to keep ticket
prices as low as possible to cover our costs while building the MMATB program so we
can fill the events with people while developing a tradition and reputation in the region of
high caliber music events. We have limitless opportunity when it comes to re-writing the
perception that there is nothing worth making the trip to Montrose for (other than to buy
groceries). By building a strong, credible brand, we can eventually bring in larger and
larger acts,” explains Zeilman.

The gates for Meet Me @ The Barn with Flatt Cheddar will open at 6:30 pm on Monday,
July 21st. Local Montrose musician, Susan Walton, will open at 8pm and Flatt Cheddar
will take the stage from 9-11pm. There will be food and drink for sale that night, as well
as coffee and homemade muffins the next morning for those who camp out. Tickets will
be $8 for the show and $5 for camping. There will be Porta Potties available and
drinkable water. Attendees can sleep in tents, campers, car camp or stay out under the
stars.

Bozeman, Montana bluegrass band Flatt Cheddar features a 100% original style of
music deeply rooted in bluegrass but unafraid to smash the genre’s boundaries of time
and melody to create a sound that is completely their own.

The band has played at the Big Grass Big Sky festival for the last three years, and has
shared the stage with bands such as The Infamous Stringdusters, Devil Makes Three,
Emitt-Nershi band, Pert’ Near Sandstone, Charlie Parr, Hillstomp and Run Boy Run.

Their digital media kit can be found here:

“We are also adopting stronger and more specific environmentally friendly standards
with our events, which aligns perfectly with the ReStore concept of recycling through
donations and repurposing by way of purchases. We will be working hard to provide
reusable utensils, plates, cups, etc. When we can’t, they will be recyclable and we will
provide recycling stations. We are also bringing potable water for water bottles to the
barn to replace the need for bottled water sales. Alpine Bank has also sponsored
stainless steel Klean Kanteen pint glasses for MMATB events, which is just one more
way we can encourage our green guidelines,” says Zeilman.
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 30-60% 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.
There are currently THREE homes going up in Montrose.
“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, go to

www.buildinglives.org.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.