Same home, new chapter
Habitat helped this longtime Park Hill resident stay in the neighborhood she loves.
Patsy has lived in her home in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood for 23 years. Recently, she noticed changes both inside and around her home. “My neighborhood has been gentrifying and I couldn’t keep up with repairs,” Patsy shares.
“The house was leaning where the bricks were cracked. I’d been so worried about the house because I could only afford ‘Band-Aid’ repairs on my own.”
Thanks to Habitat Metro Denver’s Home Repair program, Patsy’s home received critical updates that will allow her to remain in her home – and in her beloved neighborhood – for years to come.
A fresh start, for home and health
Thanks to Habitat’s support, one longtime homeowner and her daughter can more easily and safely connect with their neighbors.
Priscilla, 83, bought her four-bedroom home in Green Valley Ranch 25 years ago – making her one of the original homeowners in her cul-de-sac. But in recent years, due to health challenges, she has felt unsafe walking down her front steps to greet her neighbors.
Thanks to Habitat’s CAPABLE program, Priscilla received home modification updates and at-home health care that have helped her feel more independent and secure in her own space – and connect with her community again.
“Now, she feels much safer going down the front stairs to take a walk,” says her daughter Latanya, who moved in with her mother 10 years ago when she retired. “Mom loves greeting the neighbors. She is always waving and asking the neighbors about their families.”
A new home…and a new family member
With a new baby and a new house, the future feels hopeful for Jesse’s family
Jesse and his family never could have predicted how timely their home purchase with Habitat Metro Denver would be. Their application was accepted in the same month as two big pieces of news – Jesse’s wife, Isabel, found out she was pregnant with their first child, and sadly Isabel’s mom was diagnosed with breast cancer
“A lot happened at once. But at least we had hope that things were going to get better, and we knew we would soon have a house to come home to,” said Jesse, who purchased at Aria Homes, Habitat’s 28-home development in Northwest Denver. The family had been renting a house in Lakewood that needed constant repairs and felt increasingly cramped.
Jesse and Isabel were thrilled to welcome their baby daughter, Rebecca, this spring, and Isabel’s mom is also doing well and moving into the family’s new home.
“Habitat staff and volunteers knew our story, and they checked in,” Jesse said. “It feels great. I built a new home and built great relationships.”
By the numbers
This year, Habitat Metro Denver served:
families through our new construction and renovated home programs
families with affordable home repairs
seniors with home repairs and health support through the CAPABLE program
families total, in Metro Denver and around the world
This year, Habitat volunteers gave a total of
hours to support our mission!
Sorted and recycled
worth of metals at our ReStores
for our affordable homeownership programs
Linda, ReStore Core Volunteer
Linda remembers first volunteering for the ReStores for a community service day, and after just one shift, “I was hooked!” she says.
Now, she has accrued over six years of volunteer time as a ReStore Core Volunteer – stocking shelves, moving inventory, checking out customers, and assisting Spanish-speaking patrons. Linda doesn’t consider her time at the ReStores “work” – instead, “it feeds your soul,” she says. And she gained a new community of friends and customers.
“I love seeing the regulars come into the store,” Linda said. “That’s what is special about being a Core Volunteer – you get to know customers, and they look for you when they come in.”
Old is made new at the ReStores
Thank you to our generous supporters!
Miller Sponsor Spotlight – Christ Church UMC
Christ Church UMC is a valued partner of Habitat Metro Denver, contributing both volunteer days and financial support to our projects across the metro area. The congregation has made a three-year commitment of $50,000 per year to our mission. This year their support will be directed to Miller Homes, ensuring several Wheat Ridge families will be able to purchase their homes with affordable mortgages. Thank you, Christ Church!