Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity completes 37th home in Woodmen Vistas development

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– For many years, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity has been helping low-income families own their very own home.

Sunday afternoon, they dedicated their 37th and final home that will be put up in the Woodmen Vistas development.

Many of the homes in that area are Habitat houses, and they’re a tight-knit community.

Unfortunately, the newest family to become a part of it has had a rough past. They were involved in an abusive relationship and asked not to be identified. But with months of help from Habitat volunteers, things are looking up.

“For our families, it’s a hand up, not a hand out,” development director Andy Petersen said. “Pikes Peak Habitat is an organization that builds simple, decent and affordable homes for families that wouldn’t be able to purchase a home through traditionally means.”

The family picked out all the colors and furnishings, and the group of volunteers has been helping them create and afford it.

But the family has also put in a lot of work to make the new home possible.

“She has worked two jobs, she’s gone to school, and has been raising her 2-year-old daughter,” Petersen said. “All this and in the meantime building her house, and she’s been an inspiration to all of us.”

“Every time she arrives on site, she’s got a big smile. She’s such a hard worker,” Board Director Laurel Thorstensen said.

Habitat volunteers and other Habitat homeowners came to bless the home, and they said the dedications are the most rewarding part–especially when it comes to this family, who now have a safe place of their own to call home.

“It’s a matter of the heart to provide simple, decent, affordable housing for people.  It’s a dream that most of these people have never dared to dream,” Thorstensen said.

Petersen said from application to move in, it takes about 10 months to create one of their homes. During that time, Habitat has the families take home ownership courses so they can be better prepared.

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