Habitat for Humanity seeking more humans

Next project on hold until land can be purchased


To get involved

• The Moffat County chapter of Routt County Habitat for Humanity is seeking a president to lead its steering committee.

• The position would currently require about two hours of work per week.

• For more information, call Vicki Burns at 824-7086 or Bob Woods at 824-6836.

It could be a while before Habitat for Humanity launches another project in Craig.

At the same time, the Moffat County chapter of Routt County Habitat for Humanity also is looking to elect a new leader.

New project on hold

Ideally, steering committee members of the organization's Moffat County chapter would like to start building a duplex in Craig next summer, secretary/treasurer Vicki Burns said.

But realistically, she added, another project will have to wait until the group can either purchase a parcel of land to build on or have one donated to them.

Burns couldn't estimate how much a new parcel would cost but said that building costs will figure into what parcel the group can afford.

The Moffat County chapter, which operates under Routt County's affiliate, completed its first project, a single-family house, last year.

The Moffat County group still is seeking its own affiliate status from Habitat for Humanity International. The group submitted its affiliate application in early February but Habitat for Humanity International turned it down, saying some elements of the application were missing.

In Burns' view, however, that may not have been the case. She is trying to gather evidence that Habitat officials did, in fact, have all the information they needed when the application was sent.

In the meantime, committee members are looking at ways to build up the group's building fund. Habitat members are looking for volunteers to help prepare for their upcoming meal-in-a-jar fundraiser.

By selling the jars, which contain all ingredients for chili except the liquids, the Moffat County chapter raised about $1,000 last year. The group plans to sell the jars to hunters.

Volunteers will assemble the chili meal jars at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 630 Green St. The event is open to the public.

Search for new leader

Burns began taking over administrative duties after Pat Jones, former interim president, stepped down from the position this summer. But, Burns said, under Habitat for Humanity rules, she cannot act as treasurer/secretary and still lead the group.

"We'd like to have someone step up and take the bull by the horns and lead the rest of us," she said.

The position would require a time commitment of about two hours per week, which could increase once another Habitat project begins.

The Moffat County chapter also is accepting board members and volunteers. For more information, call Burns at 824-7086 or Bob Woods at 824-6836.


CindyLou 8 years, 6 months ago

I am a big supporter of the H4H program. It has done a lot of good around the United States. In bigger areas where you can spread the work and the cost it produces a great outcome. I think the last one was too much for Craig to handle though. We didn't have really needy candidates and a select few were asked to sacrifice a lot for that house to get built. I also think when one is built it should go to a truly needy family. So, I guess I have a problem with building another habitat house. The people who the last one was built for are driving a new Saturn SUV, have a new pickup, and just built a new car-port to house their new cars. Soooooo I guess the time and money I invested in the building allowed this family to not only afford a new house, but new cars, and extras too. While I have done well as an independent business owner, we still drive the same chevy pickup truck we bought six years ago. We live modestly and within our means, and that translates into getting all we can out of our vehicle before we go and borrow money to buy a new vehicle. I applaud this family if they are diong well, but if you are doing well, why did H4H build you a house that provided you with 80 thousand in equity in it. I hope you didn't borrow against that equity to buy new vehicles.


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