Habitat for Humanity comes to Globeville Neighborhood

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DENVER - Throughout the week of October 6 -11, Habitat Metro Denver will need more than 350 construction volunteers per day to build 11 new and repair 15 existing homes for the 2013 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

Volunteers will work alongside the families who will one day call the houses home. They will also work alongside President and Mrs. Carter, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, and members of the Broncos football organization.

Registration will open on April 10 at 7:00 a.m. at www.habitatmetrodenver.orgVolunteer spots are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

When Angel Meza thinks of that week and all the people who will make it possible, her smile almost masks the tears welling up in her eyes.

"I've seen them grow, and I've seen myself grow through some really challenging times," Meza said.

Angel Meza is a single mom of four. She works full time as she keeps pushing toward something that felt impossible.

"Home ownership was one of the things I had a goal for many years," she said.

As her kids studied history and technology, Meza took classes offered through Habitat for Humanity about budgeting, savings and maintaining a house. She did that as she worked her full time job at an area hospital.

The low-income apartment where the kids rotate sharing a room with mom and staying in the living room won't be home much longer -- the Meza's have been approved for a Habitat for Humanity home.

Meza says she will never forget the moment the call came.

"When they said you've been selected I kind of just melted to the floor," Meza said.

The Meza's story, in many ways, is the story of the community they'll move to. Over 100 years, industry and growth took a toll on Globeville.

"And yet they rise," Judy Montero said.

Muntero is the councilwoman for the district that includes the Globeville neighborhood.

"It is such an interesting story of compassion and strength and bravery, and strength and that is what I admire so much about the people in Globeville," Muntero said.

It's a neighborhood that has for so long felt invisible tucked where I-25 and I-70 meet.

Heather Lafferty is the CEO for Denver/Metro Habitat for Humanity.

"We are going to gather here the first week of October and put a spotlight on what can be done when a community and volunteers come together with the aim of making a difference," Lafferty said.

Former President Jimmy Carter will celebrate 30 years of volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, here.

"We are very excited to come to Denver because the people in Colorado are so eager to help people," President Carter said.

President Carter will work alongside other celebrity supporters and the hundreds of Colorado volunteers to build 11 new homes in one week. One of them will be the Meza's.

Along with the new homes, many others will get critical repairs, like new roofs, windows or siding. The future homeowners buy their Habitat house at 0 percent interest. They are also required to put in 500 hours of sweat equity.

Carter Work Project construction volunteers will have the unique opportunity to make a lasting impact in the Globeville neighborhood by providing a combination of philanthropy and service.

To facilitate a deeper investment in the CWP, Habitat Metro Denver will require all construction volunteers to help with fundraising for the event.

Volunteers who participate in the full build week will be asked to make a financial commitment of $2,500.

It can be a personal donation or, volunteers like Shannon Bolona, asked friends and family to help sponsor her volunteer effort. She says every pledge, from twenty to a hundred dollars, made a big difference.

"They know it is a life changing event for the families and for me," Bolona said.

Full-week construction volunteers will receive breakfast and lunch each day, a group photo with President Carter, and two audience tickets to the Raise the Roof event on Wednesday, October 9.

Single-day build opportunities are also available for $500 per day.

Other volunteer opportunities will also be available during the CWP week supporting hospitality and the Habitat ReStore Home Improvement Outlets.

Email carterworkproject@habitatmetrodenver.org to inquire about these opportunities.

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