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Habitat starts on next set of homes in Vail Valley

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyThe three youngest members of the Medrano family get a grip on the golden shovel that is the beginning of their new home, which their parents will help build, through Habitat for Humanity at Fox Hollow in Edwards.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – There they go, getting ready to move dirt and start hammering again in Colorado’s Vail Valley.

No, the recession’s not quite over. The Habitat for Humanity held a familiar ritual Tuesday afternoon at their Fox Hollow site, breaking ground with golden shovels to start a second row of duplexes built largely on volunteer effort.

Four families will help build their new homes over the next year – each adult putting in at least 250 hours of “sweat equity” – with some help from professionals giving their time and talent, too. The families are selected according to need, willingness to partner with the international organization and ability to pay the interest-free mortgages.

Habit has completed 27 homes in Eagle County now, all in this past decade. Eighty-three children live in those homes. The next four homes will take about a year to complete.

The organization welcomes volunteers from businesses, community service groups and individuals to help build these next four homes.

“We are grateful for the support of so many friends in the valley who have contributed to this Fox Hollow project, especially the builders who, even in down economic times have joyfully contributed their talents to help those who are seeking to build a better life for their family,” wrote Jimmy Kemp — son of the late Republican politician, International Habitat for Humanity board member and second-home owner in Vail – in a statement read at the groundbreaking.

The Kemps helped build homes at Fox Hollow last summer.

Habitat for Humanity is the home-building organization made famous by former President Jimmy Carter.

“I never thought I could buy a house for my children and myself,” Aida Soto, mother of one of the families selected, wrote to the Habitat organization. “I will be very grateful to you all my life, and my kids, too!”

For more information, contact Kalie Palmer at kalie@habitatvailvalley.org or call 970-748-6718. To volunteer on-line visit http://www.HabitatVailValley.org.

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