Habitat releases wish list

Cash-strapped group asks for public support


The cash-strapped Moffat County Habitat for Humanity has made its list and checked it twice.

And that holiday wish list -- about 20 items the group is seeking from the community -- includes supplies and materials the group needs to complete its first project home at 745 Yampa Ave.

Habitat for Humanity president Marilyn Bouldin released the list Sunday, two days after The Memorial Hospital rejected Habitat's request for money needed to finish the project home. The home will go to the Burkett family of Craig upon completion.

The Habitat list includes materials ranging from fiber cement siding to cabinets and vanities to electrical supplies.

"In this season of giving," Bouldin said, "this is a wonderful opportunity for people to do something good for a needy family."

Facing a funding shortfall, Habitat requested Wednesday that the TMH board of trustees authorize donating about $17,000 to the group, roughly the same total Habitat paid for asbestos testing and removal at the project home. Habitat purchased the home and property from TMH.

Habitat members said the testing and removal depleted group finances.

The board did not make a decision Wednesday and instead directed TMH chief executive officer George Rohrich to continue the conversation with Bouldin later in the week.

On Friday, Bouldin and Habitat for Humanity treasurer Vicki Burns met with Rohrich. The group's request for assistance was denied, Bouldin said.

Rohrich could not be reached for comment Sunday.

"I was more optimistic," Bouldin said. "But, I understand that the hospital has its own set of financial challenges to deal with."

Rohrich hinted Wednesday that the hospital might not approve Habitat's request for funding, which included pleas for either a monetary contribution or the reduction of mortgage payments for the home.

The CEO said TMH had already contributed to Habitat's cause by selling the home and property at a substantial discount. Hospital officials said the home and property were valued at about $135,900. It was sold to Habitat for $44,000, a difference of nearly $92,000.

Bouldin said Habitat for Humanity holds no ill will toward the hospital for turning down the request.

"We just move on," she said. "We certainly don't want to be adversaries with the hospital at all. They're our friends and neighbors."

Habitat for Humanity isn't completely broke, Bouldin said, but finances have dwindled to less than $2,000. Finishing the home will cost $20,000 to $26,000, the group president said.

By acquiring items on the list through donations, Habitat for Humanity's financial burden lessens.

Bouldin said Habitat for Humanity will rally around the money crunch and will continue local fundraising efforts. The current roadblock will not scuttle Habitat plans to finish the home.

"Oh, no," Bouldin said. "This isn't it. We're not quite out of money yet. We'll look for other solutions. I'm just convinced the money will come."

She said residents can help move the project forward by either volunteering or donating.

"I know I just really come back to (the saying) 'if you can't come and pound a nail, buy a pound of nails,'" Bouldin said.

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