Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley to dedicate seven new homes in Gypsum on Aug. 18 | VailDaily.com

Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley to dedicate seven new homes in Gypsum on Aug. 18

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Soon-to-be neighbors Modesta Serna and Xochitl Rincon share a hug hello. Their Habitat for Humanity homes and five others will be celebrated on Saturday, Aug. 18, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Gypsum.

GYPSUM — Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley, along with community supporters, homeowner families and friends, will celebrate the completion of construction on seven new homes at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Stratton Flats neighborhood of Gypsum on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon.

In addition to a brief ceremony, tours will be available of the new three-bedroom, 1 ½-bathroom homes, and light refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public.

"There's a lot to celebrate, given all the hard work and volunteer hours that went into building these seven new homes," said Caitlin Weis, family services coordinator for Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley. "Watching the homeowner families as we dedicate their houses, their excitement for their new homes — I am in awe that we all get to be a part of their dreams for the future."

Habitat's seven newest homeowner families equal 11 adults and 13 children. A combined 2,969 "sweat equity" hours were completed by the new homeowners working on the construction of their homes and the homes of their neighbors. Like all Habitat homeowners, these new families will make monthly house payments on a low-cost, no-interest mortgage, which, in turn, will go toward building more homes in Eagle County.

'A Stable Foundation'

"This opportunity to own a Habitat home means more than words can describe," said Nicole Sisneros, Habitat Vail Valley homeowner. "This means that my kids and I will have a permanent roof over our heads, a stable foundation to build upon.

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"It encourages my heart to know I can work to provide something so necessary for my family, something I have never had in my adult life and my kids have never had in their lives. It means we will finally have a home to call our own."

State Farm Insurance is sponsoring the home dedication, and partners that helped make these homes possible will present keys to the new homeowners.

Since 1995, Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley has worked in Eagle County to help local families achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Through its efforts, 74 Habitat homeowners have built or improved a place they can call home. For more information, visit habitatvailvalley.org or call 970-748-6718.