The dream is now a reality for three new families at Las Casas. Their houses are done. We’ve given them keys. They’re ready to move in and start making these houses their homes. It is cause for celebration, and we marked the occasion with an open house and dedication ceremony on Oct. 16, bringing together the families, volunteers, donors and community advocates who helped make all this possible.
“We are so excited,” said new homeowner Heather Malone. “I am so looking forward to the stability and serenity of being in our own home.” She and her husband Sean consider Las Casas the perfect place to raise their two children, Damian and Shiloh.
Anthonie Turnbull said of his new home, “This is what will give me the ability to help the kids who need help.” He is a full-time foster parent for special needs children. “They need structure, routine, and a sense of home,” he said. “Now I can provide that.”
Suzy Dilliard said her family is thrilled to call Las Casas home. She and her husband Jethro and their three daughters, Trinity, Liberty and Christin, will complete the Las Casas community.
Each of these families has contributed hundreds of hours of their own “sweat equity” in building these homes. They have worked side-by-side with hundreds of Habitat volunteers who have contributed thousands of hours to make these houses a reality. And the successful completion was also only made possible of course with the many community advocates and donors.
“We are so grateful to all of you who contributed to this effort,” said Jamie Caperton, executive director of Teller Habitat. “It wouldn’t have happened without you!” She noted that Phase II of the Las Casas project involved over 6,000 hours of volunteer hours.
Board President Dan Vinton was on hand to officially present Las Casas keys. And site supervisor Paul Summeril, gifted in both construction and scripture, presented a Bible and blessing from Matthew 18:3 as part of the ceremony.
We note that Las Casas was the most ambitious project in our 15-year history of building in Teller County. It provides homes for six families, a playground, community gathering space, and garages. It brings to 27 the number of homes we have completed in our community. We also note that the need for affordable housing continues to grow, and we envision taking an active part in meeting that need.
Our next project will be in Cripple Creek, a duplex at 215 Porphyry Street. The duplex has been designed to fit in stylistically with the historic homes in this beautiful neighborhood north of the downtown shopping area. One family already has been selected for the first half of the duplex, and we are taking applications for the other half.
We welcome your help and support in continuing our mission to “put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.”
There are many ways to help. One of the fun ways is to attend our benefit auction, Stilettos & Studs, on Nov. 1. Click here for more information and to buy your tickets. Last year’s even sold out and you won’t want to miss this year’s fun!