Habitat for Humanity in county

Melinda Bobo volunteers to be chairwoman of local chapter

Melinda Bobo's father was active in Habitat for Humanity as she was growing up. When she became assistant pastor at a church in Minnesota, she was surrounded by parishioners enthusiastic about helping others.

So when she moved to Craig and found a group looking to form a Habitat chapter, she offered to be the chairwoman, at least temporarily.

"Frankly I don't think there's a community anywhere that doesn't need housing at an affordable level, but certainly Craig does," Bobo said. "I think this is the kind of thing we're supposed to be doing. We're supposed to be taking care of each other."

Considering Bobo's position as minister at St. Mark's Episcopal Church and Lutheran Church of Grace, it seems appropriate she lead a Christian organization that builds homes and helps eradicate poverty housing and homelessness.

The agency uses volunteers and donations to build homes for families who buy the houses with no-interest loans and help construct other homes.

Bobo accompanied three other founders to a meeting of the Routt County Habitat affiliate Monday evening and requested to set up a Moffat County chapter under Routt County's umbrella.

"They did pass a resolution to accept us as a chapter," charter member Marilyn Bouldin said. "We will have their support, but (we want) to reassure people that this is a Moffat County project."

Although Routt County's Habitat will have some say over Moffat County's operations, Bouldin said funds raised here will stay here.

The women are holding a meeting for anyone interested in serving on the board of directors at 7 p.m. Dec. 28 at St. Mark's, 657 Green St. Anyone wanting to serve in another way is welcome to attend or contact one of the organizers.

"There are a lot of different jobs for people, is what we're learning," Bouldin said. "So, we're starting a list of everyone in the county who wants to help."

Bobo said the group has no plans for an inaugural project because they acquired approval so recently. They will help Routt County's members with existing projects to get local residents involved while the Craig group is organizing.

Realtor Vicki Burns attended the Monday meeting, as did Pat Jones with Love INC in her first involvement with the group.

Burns served as director for 11 years and is president of the Colorado Association of Realtor Affordable Housing Opportunity Foundation, and said she was eager to get Habitat going here.

"I feel like, as others do, that this is something we need here," she said. "I think it's long overdue in Craig and Moffat County."

Bouldin agreed and was pleased to see her efforts come to fruition.

"I really believe in it, because housing is a basic fundamental need people have," Bouldin said. "One of our purposes for being here is helping others get their basic needs met."

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