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Habitat for Humanity to dedicate homes Saturday

Jessica Mapes and Adam Junkins completed 500 sweat equity hours on their Habitat for Humanity home. They are one of four families who will be honored at a home dedication ceremony today at Stratton Flats in Gypsum. For more information, visit habitatvailvalley.org or call 970-748-6718.
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What: Habitat for Humanity home dedications

When: 11 a.m. Saturday

Where: Stratton Flats, Gypsum

Information: The local Habitat for Humanity affiliate is dedication five more homes for their partner families.

GYPSUM — Five more success stories will be added Saturday to the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley will dedicate five more homes, bringing their total to 56 since 1995.

“We are excited to help make the dream of safe, affordable homeownership a reality for five more deserving Eagle County families,” said John Welaj, executive director of Habitat Vail Valley. “Habitat is committed to strengthening communities and peoples’ lives and to creating opportunities for low-income families to develop equity and independence through homeownership.”

Like all Habitat homeowners, these five families contributed hundreds of hours of sweat equity, working on constructing their homes, as well as homes of others. They also participated in educational programs designed to strengthen the entire family and help to ensure their success as new homeowners, Welaj said.

The new homeowners will make monthly payments on a low-cost, no-interest mortgage. That money stays in the Vail Valley, and goes toward building more Habitat Vail Valley homes.

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“The sweat equity hours were difficult, but so rewarding in the end,” said Jessica Mapes, one of the new Habitat Vail Valley homeowners. “The Habitat staff was so supportive and always there to lend an ear and keep us motivated. It has been a blessing being a part of this community.”

About Habitat for Humanity

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015, Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley has served 54 local families to date housing and improving the lives of nearly 200 local children. Habitat works in more than 70 countries, worldwide, and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission.

For more information about Habitat Vail Valley’s home dedication, or to volunteer, visit habitatvailvalley.org or call 970-748-6718.

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