MONTROSE — For Elizabeth Ruedas and her two children, six-year-old Analicia and eight-year-old Diego, the new house Habitat for Humanity provided them was generous. But to have friends and family bless the home through words of prayer meant even more. That was the sentiment last Friday, when Habitat for Humanity of Montrose donated its 43rd home.
The dedication was Elizabeth’s final chapter in her goal of home ownership. For the past 10 months she has worked side-by-side with Habitat volunteers to complete her home.
About 30-or-so friends, family and members of the public attended the dedication at 112 Bluegrass Court. Having placed their hands on the walls of the building, those in attendance worshipped alongside the young family, praying for a new spiritual, as well as physica, start to their lives.
Following the service, the sounds of children soon filled the 1,100-square foot home built entirely with local materials and lumber. The family received gifts including a snow shovel and a power screw-driver to hang a plaque inscribed "Built With Love for the Ruedas Family" from Habitat for Humanity.
A couple of small knitted blankets and some houseplants were also given to the family. Diego, excited about having his own room for the first time (and being away from his sister), wasted no time settling in. He sat quietly on the floor of his new room enjoying warm apple cider.
"It's the best house in the world," he said proudly. "Because it's ours.”
His sister, Analicia, grabbed a piece of cake and hid in the corner of her new room, nibbling on frosting.
Habitat for Humanity of Montrose Executive Director Colleen Burke said she was proud of the young family’s efforts to complete the work and move in.
“We're just really excited to celebrate with them," Burke said. "This is the reason we exist as an organization.”
Elizabeth, described as a "very hard worker" by her friends, is a department manager at Wal Mart who spent hundreds of hours working on the home. She said she learned a lot about home construction in the process, and is prepared to tackle anything that comes with home ownership.
"I'm very happy to have this," she said. "The kids have a back yard and a place to play. This is what we've wanted.”
In early 2013, ground was broken on two new Habitat homes. Burke said Habitat breaks ground in the spring each year in order to allow time for the homes to be completed and for families to move in by winter.
This is due largely to the use of volunteer labor, Burke said, which takes longer than what a skilled contractor, with help, can do in just "three or four months."
The other home, located at 111 Bluegrass Court, will be dedicated soon and has the same floor plan, according to Burke.
The following local businesses donated labor, material or services to complete the project: Abel's Ace Hardware, Accurate Insulation, Alpine Lumber, Ameriss, LLC, Beall Appraisals, Bruin Waste Management, Bull Basin Construction LLC, City of Montrose, D & R Fencing, DMEA; Dream Scapes LLC, EnergyWise Consultants, LLC, Flairmont Furniture, Home Depot, In The Gutter, Jake's Crane, Jensen Woodcraft & Tile, Kitchen & Bath Designs, Mesa Building & Foundation Design, LLC, Park Avenue True Value, Pro-Build Montrose, Professional Garage Doors, RCR Electric, Inc., Rhodes Plumbing, Sani Serv, LLC, Sentry Drywall, Inc., Toby Monger LLC, Turf Management Systems LLC, United Companies, Whirlpool Corporation and Wild Country Plumbing.
To learn more about Habitat for Humanity in Montrose, email Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 970-252-9303. For information can be found online at: www.habitatmontrose.org/