“When Habitat for Humanity asked us to partner with them on the Home Builders Blitz for their 2016 home, we thought we were the ones giving back,” Kevin Hart, Colorado Division President said.
“What we didn’t realize is exactly how this journey would transform our staff and team of trade contractors. What a tremendous gift we received in being able to help a hardworking family attain the great American dream of home ownership.”
On Sunday, June 12, with over 60 friends, family, employees, and trade partners present, we celebrated the completion (six long days) and the dedication of our first Habitat home.
Habitat for Humanity offers home ownership opportunities to families who are unable to obtain conventional house financing. Generally, this includes those whose income is lower than the area’s median income. In most cases, prospective Habitat homeowner families make a $500 down payment. Additionally, they contribute 300 to 500 hours of “sweat equity” on the construction of their home or someone else’s home. Because Habitat houses are built using donations of land, material and labor, mortgage payments are kept affordable.
Habitat for Humanity is not an arm of the government. Habitat is an independent, nonprofit organization that accepts some government funds and other resources to help provide houses for those in need. They accept these funds as long as they do not limit Habitat’s ability to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus Christ. Additionally, local affiliates insert specific guidelines as needed to avoid becoming dependent on or controlled by government funds.
From the sticks and the bricks to the pasta at lunch, in the case of the Colorado Springs Home Builders Blitz, 100% of the home was donated by Aspen View Homes and their dedicated trade partners. “Our country (and our company) was founded on a philosophy of philanthropy,” said Randy O’Leary, CEO of Desert View Homes (parent company of Aspen View Homes). “It’s important for all of us to pay it forward, to give back, to make a difference in someone’s life, to create a better place we can all call home.”
About Habitat for Humanity: Habitat was started in 1976 in Americus, Ga., by the late Millard Fuller and his wife Linda. President Carter and his wife Rosalynn (whose home is eight miles from Americus, in Plains, Ga.), have been longtime Habitat supporters and volunteers who help bring national attention to the organization’s house-building work. Each year, they lead the Jimmy Carter Work Project to help build houses and raise awareness of the need for affordable housing. For additional information on getting involved locally, visit Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity.
About Aspen View Homes: Twice named Builder of the Year for contributions to the industry and community, and recognized as one of the country’s most affordable new home builders, View Homes (building as Aspen View Homes in Colorado Springs, Horizon View Homes in Northern Colorado and Desert View Homes in Texas and New Mexico) was the nation’s first recipient of the National Housing Endowment Award by the National Association of Home Builders for “exemplifying philanthropy in its truest form.”
From energy saving construction to stylish exteriors to trending interiors, View Homes (A+ accredited members of the BBB in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado) is dedicated to providing the best new home warranty and customer service in the industry. The recipient of the Torch Award, the BBB’s highest award for ethics and business practices, View Homes is also a two-time recipient of the AVID Customer Service Award for the highest Customer Service in the United States.
The View brand of home building companies is one of the nation’s top 100 new home builders and one of the country’s top ten fastest growing privately owned new home builders with divisions in Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico.