Posts by edanneker

  • SOPRIS SUN: Habitat ReStore gets a new home of its own

    Posted January 25, 2018 by edanneker
    Sharing is caring, as the adage goes, and now there’s a 40,500-square-foot embodiment of the sentiment in the Valley. The new Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 53 Calaway, Ct., officially opened Jan. 19, and it’s been abuzz ever since. “I’m guessing, based on how busy it was, we had to have over 500 people — easy — on Friday and Saturday,” Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley President Scott Gilbert said of the store’s opening weekend. “It’s kind of like a frenzy.” The organization is calling the new location its “ReStore 2.0.” The expanded space has streamlined the organization’s presence in the Valley, offering a permanent home for administrative and retail staff alike. But that doesn’t mean Gilbert has a corner office hiding somewhere in the store.
  • POST INDEPENDENT: ReStore 2.0 opens south of Glenwood Springs

    Posted January 19, 2018 by edanneker
    The ribbon is cut and the store is open for business at Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley's new ReStore south of Glenwood Springs. A few dozen people crowded into an opening ceremony Thursday afternoon to mark the major progress of this new location — what Habitat staffers are calling ReStore 2.0. The ReStore, though it may not be obvious to those passing by, equals more homes and jobs in the valley, said Scott Gilbert, director of Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley. Though it is a great place to get discounted household items, the ReStore also is a critical engine that drives Habitat's projects in the valley. "We've always thought of the ReStore as a place to sell recycled stuff, but beyond that, if we can get items at good prices and good prices to customers, we can net more money for building houses," Gilbert said.
  • POST INDEPENDENT- Families build their own homes in Silt

    Posted December 30, 2017 by edanneker
    "This feels like I've won the lottery, only better, because it comes with a community," said soon-to-be Silt homeowner Suzette Beresford after learning she and her three children would move into a new home in 2018. It's a home she, alongside other families and volunteers, is helping build. The Beresfords are one of 12 families who will receive a new home in Silt by the end of 2018, thanks to Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork. In 2000, when Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork built its first home in the valley, its goal was to provide local low-income children with as many homes as it could. Now heading into 2018, the organization just moved families into its 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th homes in its area from Aspen to Parachute, providing homes for 75 local kids.
  • ASPEN TIMES - Grant helps Habitat For Humanity Roaring Fork integrate disabled workers into community

    Posted December 25, 2017 by edanneker
    Brian Wilson broke into a big smile Wednesday when he was presented with Habitat For Humanity Roaring Fork's "Most Enthusiastic Team Member" award for 2017. A smile comes easily for the 32-year-old and it's apparent while visiting Habitat's ReStore warehouse why he was chosen for the award. Wilson's got a keen awareness of where everything is located in the cavernous warehouse between Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. He's known as "King of the Appliances." He accepts donations, rotates merchandise in the second-hand shop and occasionally assists shoppers. "I like seeing all my co-workers," Wilson said.
  • ASPEN DAILY NEWS- Basalt’s contributions to affordable housing pass $1 million mark

    Posted October 20, 2017 by edanneker
    When the Basalt Town Council voted unanimously last week to forgive various development-related fees totaling $186,000 for a 27-unit housing project spearheaded by Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley, it continued a trend that gained institutionalized traction with the release of the town’s housing study in 2015. That study, according to Town Manager Ryan Mahoney, showed that, between 2000 and 2010, the cost of living in Basalt increased by 26.5 percent, while median household income decreased by 2.3 percent. During that same period, the median home value in Basalt increased by a whopping 70 percent.
  • Aspen Daily News- Basalt greenlights 27-unit Habitat for Humanity housing project

    Posted October 12, 2017 by edanneker
    “With that subsidy, we are now able to offer nine category-one units,” Gilbert said. “Without the town’s help, we would have only been able to offer one category-one unit. That translates to a $50,000 price difference, or $300 a month in mortgage payments, which is significant.”
  • Aspen Daily News- Give Habitat the chance to help residents (Letter to the Editor)

    Posted October 4, 2017 by edanneker
    As a third-generation Basalt resident, when I learned the possibility of a Habitat for Humanity project in my community almost two years ago I knew I had to get more involved. I feel both proud and lucky to have become an employee of Habitat for Humanity, serving as the volunteer coordinator and family services director. I’ve seen again and again the pride, security and other life-changing benefits home ownership provides for our partner families.
  • Aspen Times - 27-unit housing project in Basalt will house teachers, workers in Pitkin County

    Posted September 21, 2017 by edanneker
    Two local governments and a nonprofit are pumping nearly $8 million into an affordable-housing project and hoping that the town of Basalt will waive development fees to prevent the subsidy from growing. Habitat For Humanity Roaring Fork teamed with the Roaring Fork School District and Pitkin County government on the 27-unit Basalt Vista affordable-housing project. It’s the first partnership of its kind to pursue new affordable housing in the valley.
  • How Our Pricing Process Works

    Posted September 15, 2017 by edanneker
  • ASPEN DAILY NEWS- Habitat for Humanity’s new proposal covers plenty of ground

    Posted September 4, 2017 by edanneker