by Sandi Austin
This has been a year of noteworthy accomplishments for Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley. And without the partnership with the community and the future homeowners themselves, these milestones couldn’t have been reached.
“This is our 30th anniversary,” said Rebecca Shannon, community engagement manager. “In April, and with the help of our volunteers and donors, we completed our 100th home.”
Rebecca noted that when they looked back, they realized they had basically doubled their impact every decade.
“Each decade we doubled the number of homes we were able to build,” she said. “In another 10 years, we’re going to get 100 new homes built. That’s the goal!”
In July, Habitat for Humanity saw another two families move into their new homes and, by the end of the year, another three families will have moved into theirs. “That means another five families will be enjoying the holidays in their own homes,” Rebecca said.
“We’re really optimistic about the future, too, because of the new inclusionary zoning that the City of Longmont has voted in,” she added. “We’re going to be partnering with several contractors that are going to be able to donate land to Habitat for Humanity. They will donate the land and Habitat will engage the community in building those homes.”
“Of course, we always encourage people to volunteer,” Rebecca added. “If you can’t volunteer at one of our construction sites, there are other ways to support the organization. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a great example. Volunteering at our store helps our mission just as much.”
And that’s where we, the Heart of Longmont family, come in to help this month’s Compassion Offering recipient – Habitat for Humanity. Our members are always willing and able to help, with either donations or hands-on volunteering.