Montrose low-income residents get home-repair help

MONTROSE — Habitat for Humanity in Montrose recently started a program to help low-income residents make home repairs.

Habitat volunteers are working with Thrivent Builds members and local Lutheran church volunteers to replace windows and landscape a home owned by Ann Bergman on North First Street.

“We’re kind of testing the waters right now to see if this is a program we can sustain,” Habitat organizer Robin Berndt said.

Thrivent Builds provides funding and workers to Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country.

Recently, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, a subsidiary of Thrivent Builds, committed $10.4 million for Habitat for Humanity to build homes in 2011.

This new program is for low-income residents, and applicants must show they are the current homeowners of the property.

Berndt said as long as funding is available, many more projects will be scheduled.

To apply for the program, donate or volunteer, residents can visit the Habitat for Humanity office at 309 N. Fourth St., call 252-9304, or go online to http://www.habitatmontrose.org.

Berndt said Habitat for Humanity recently broke ground on a pair of homes in the West Meadows subdivision. Anyone wanting to volunteer for a “Build Day” is asked to call 252-9304.

“There is plenty of work to go around,” Berndt said.


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