- Monday, March 24, 2008, 7 p.m.
- First Congregational Church, 630 Green Street, Caig, CO
Craig The Moffat County Habitat for Humanity chapter learned to take one project at a time during the construction of its first house last year, said Pat Jones, interim steering committee president.
The committee plans to heed that directive this year, postponing future building projects to take care of in-house needs.
"It's not that we couldn't do another (house) right now," Jones said. "We just didn't feel like splitting our energies again."
Applying for affiliate status from Habitat for Humanity International sits at the top of the committee's list. The Moffat County group currently is a chapter under Routt County's affiliate.
Last year, the group renovated a house at 745 Yampa Ave. for the Burketts, a Craig family, while it was preparing to apply for its affiliate status.
"That's why it took us so long get our paperwork in," Jones said. "We were building a house at the time."
The chapter manages many of its own affairs like an affiliate, she said. The status won't become official, however, until cleared by national Habitat for Humanity headquarters.
Moving up to affiliate status will allow the group to apply for more state and federal grants.
"That will bring more money in to do more houses," Jones said.
But, the Moffat County chapter may have a while to wait before it can pick up its tools again and start work on another project.
The group submitted its affiliate application to Habitat for Humanity officials Feb. 1, Jones said.
The steering committee was scheduled to complete a phone interview earlier this month with Habitat representatives who reviewed their application. The appointment was canceled, however, and Jones doesn't know when Habitat for Humanity will reschedule.
Although the application process puts a hold on new projects, Jones believes it's a necessary step to gaining the status the group needs.
"It's a good way to make sure you have a health affiliate," Jones said.
The group doesn't know where its next house will be located or when they will begin construction, she said.
In the meantime, the steering committee also will remain on the lookout for a new president. Its former president, Marilyn Bouldin, moved out of the area last year.
Experience with Habitat for Humanity and house building knowledge are preferred in a new leader but not required.
The primary qualifiers: "Fire and energy and zeal," Jones said.
Anyone interested in the position is encouraged to attend the committee's meetings, Jones said. The group meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of every month in the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 630 Green St.