From November 30 to December 2, Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley presented its annual ‘Gift of Home’ Holiday House Tour.
Now in its 57th year, this beloved event offered participants the opportunity to experience true holiday magic while they shared in the joy of giving. The event featured self-guided tours of four Longmont homes, professionally decorated in true holiday splendour by local designers and participating vendors including Adorn Home & Gift Gallery, Adornables Little Ones Boutique, Blingle Premier Lighting, Bricks Retail Inc., Beth's Bath Longmont, Scooter's Coffee, K5 Creative, Voulez Vous Bon Bons, and Longmont Florist.
Proceeds from the Gift of Home helps families in our community achieve the dream of owning an affordable home, made possible through the support of 37 generous sponsors, including Allstate-Liz Hogan Agency, Blingle Premier Lighting, the Bob Braudes and Nancy Clairmont Family Fund, and Stapp Interstate Toyota.
If you are interested in featuring your Longmont home, participating as a vendor, or sponsoring the 2024 tour, contact Hannah Williams, Gift of Home Tour Manager, at [email protected] or 303-682-2485, extension 111.
Still Time to Support: Help Habitat Thrive for 35
In honor of its 35th Anniversary, St. Vrain Habitat invites the community to participate in Thrive for 35, a monthly giving program that will see 35 donors to commit $35 a month for 12 months.
Thrive for 35 raises awareness around the transformational impacts of Habitat homeownership on the lives of Habitat families. There is a common misconception that Habitat gives away homes. But the fact is, Habitat partners with hardworking families who face significant safety or space issues and are unable to qualify for financing on the open market. These families make between 30-60% of the area median income, or between $35,000-$78,000 for a family of four living in Boulder County.
By partnering with St. Vrain Habitat, families commit to completing 250-500 hours of sweat equity and attend educational courses prior to moving into their new home. They pay an affordable mortgage that is never more than 30% of their total income.
Why your support matters:
1 in 7 Colorado families pay more than half their income on housing. This means that every month, local families are struggling to make tough choices about what they can afford: rent, food, child care, transportation, or health care.
Habitat homeowners are hardworking families who complete a rigorous application process. There must be a demonstrated need for housing, the ability to pay, and a willingness to partner.
Home ownership through Habitat for Humanity has a lasting and positive impact. In fact, 84% of Habitat homeowners are still in their original homes.
The long term impacts of homeownership include enhanced wellbeing, improved health, safer neighborhoods, increased safety, improved educational outcomes, higher education opportunities, and a reduced need for public assistance.
For more information or to make a donation, visit www.stvrainhabitat.org or visit the St. Vrain Habitat ReStore at 1351 Sherman Drive in Longmont.