For many families in Eagle County the concept of home seems so far out of reach. Picture for a moment a newly divorced mom with three boys, under the age of five, struggling to find a place to live. Can you imagine how different your life would be without your basic need of housing met? 

Before partnering with Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley, Liz and her three sons were living in a dilapidated two-bedroom trailer in Eagle, Colorado. “I moved out on my own with the boys and we lived in a tiny little trailer with a lot of problems. I got carbon monoxide poisoning and our water pipes froze.” 

Home is the Key: Liz's Habitat Story

Habitat’s 0% interest loan, 0% down payment model of homeownership provided Liz with a chance to refocus her energy and to start saving money for the future. Since moving into her Habitat home eleven years ago, Liz has completed Bachelor of Arts AND Dual Masters degrees. She is currently a kindergarten teacher at Red Hill Elementary School in Gypsum. 

“Home is the key to everything, really. Once the stress of worrying about how I was going to pay for housing was gone, I could spend time and energy finding ways to make myself better and to make a bigger impact on other people. I’ll never forget how much my Habitat home has changed my life.” 

Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley’s work over the past 23 years has demonstrated time and again that home is the key. We create strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter which plays a key role in positively influencing a family’s education, health and financial stability.  

On the surface it may seem like helping someone have a stable home only helps them, but in reality there is a ripple effect with each Habitat home that strengthens our entire community. We all benefit.  

If you believe that affordable housing plays a critical role in strong and successful communities, please consider giving a year-end donation to Habitat. Your gift makes a life-changing difference for mothers like Liz, as they build better lives in stable, affordable Habitat homes.  

Our goal is to raise $100,000 before December 31st, but that’s only possible with your help! With these funds, Habitat will purchase all of the materials needed to build an entire home in 2019.

Your donation will unlock futures and change lives so that more local families have access to decent housing.

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