Habitat for Humanity of Grand County looks to reinvigorate program
After two years without a major project, the Grand County chapter of Habitat for Humanity has been hard at work to reinvigorate the program via small, community-based projects.
The organization recently completed a project wherein they helped to install new windows for a Granby homeowner as park of “A Brush with Kindness” initiative, which helps homeowners with home repair and preservation. This small act of kindness, meant to help the family save on energy costs and cut down on carbon emissions, is the first of several projects the Habitat for Humanity of Grand County has on the books.
“A Brush with Kindness is a small program that some other affiliates of Habitat came up with,” said Chuck Chladek, a board member for Habitat. “It started out that somebody got the idea from someone who couldn’t afford to paint their house, so affiliates would go out and help them. Different affiliates started jumping on that idea of just helping out with small projects. We try to identify people who are in need of a little help when the cost of a project is prohibitive.”
Chladek said that the organization is also planning another potential small project in Kremmling for this spring, and is building towards breaking ground on a new house in Hot Sulphur Springs later this year.
Traditionally Grand County Habitat builds a house every summer, though a recent land deal in Hot Sulphur Springs that turned sour has kept major projects off the map for the last two years.
“The organization purchased some property in Hot Sulphur, and there were a lot of issues with infrastructure, new sewer lines and electric lines,” said Chladek. “We haven’t had any major project the last two summers. So now we’re doing some of these smaller projects, and trying to move forward and get our organization back to a vibrant stage.”
The upcoming house will be the 14th the organization has built in the county, and it will be the first of at least four homes built by Habitat in Hot Sulphur Springs. Habitat builds affordable homes for less fortunate families, and cuts down on costs by using volunteer labor and donated materials. Once completed Habitat owns the mortgage and charges the family a modest rent. The organization is currently seeking applicants for the new house.
Habitat for Humanity is always on the lookout for donations or volunteers willing to help out.
“Typically the way it’s worked in the past is we hold work days on Wednesdays and Saturdays,” said Chladek. “Any member of the public is welcome to come out. They are asked to do any sort or task they’re comfortable with doing. Anything from pounding nails, cutting wood, to painting or just picking up scrap lumber.”
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