Blitz build home is finished in Gypsum |

Blitz build home is finished in Gypsum

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Preston Utley/Vail Daily Eby Bopp, center, reacts as she is handed the key to her family's new house, provided by Habitat for Humanity.

GYPSUM – The Bopp family now has a home which has long been a dream.The Habitat for Humanity “blitz build” home is finished, and friends, neighbors and those who built the house in Gypsum were on hand to help the couple and their two grandsons celebrate their symbolic homecoming. As Evie and Steve Bopp prepared to sign mortgage papers, Habitat for Humanity’s local president, Jean Klein, welcomed the well-wishers. Pastor Tom Schnieder blessed the house.

Developer Rick Hermes and a long list of subcontractors and volunteers contributed time and resources, and built the home in two months, which is faster than the nonprofit’s typical projects. “Developers and contractors in the valley have been blessed with years of success, and I hope that other companies see the worthiness of this investment,” Hermes said.The hope is that other builders and subcontractors will follow the lead of Hermes’ and those he recruited to work on the home, Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Tom Healy said.

“This partnership has been extraordinary in what it has given to all involved,” Healy said. Joint efforts like this one, Healy said, produce change in a community “one family at a time.””My greatest hope is that another contractor will come along with the same offer,” he said. “When people are presented with the chance to help, they do it in whatever way possible.”

Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties has been in existence for 10 years. They work with needy with families to build simple, decent homes. The theme of Habitat for Humanity’s upcoming Carpenter’s Ball fund-raiser is “Five in ’05,” representing the organization’s plans to build four more homes this year. The ball is March 12 at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek. For more information, call 748-6718.Vail Colorado

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