Under bright sunny skies, GAHH broke ground on its 172nd home Saturday, October 12. Lowe’s Home Improvement Corporation recently provided a $100,000 grant to GAHH to support the Townsend project. Half of the grant sponsors this home, “Lowe’s Hispanic Heritage House,” and the balance will support all seven homes being built on Townsend Avenue. Our partner family is the Juardo’s: Elizabeth (Liz) and her children, Eduardo, Diego, Milargos, and Angel. Bob Arguelles, GAHH board member, welcomed all those in attendance and thanked Lowe’s for their continued support of Habitat for Humanity. Mgsnr. Olona of San Martin de Porres Parish offered the prayer.
Bob Welcomes the Crowd
Mgsnr. Olona Offers a Prayer for the Family and Habitat
Lowe’s was represented by Jean Dowling and Venus Avila. They spoke of Lowe’s commitment to the work of Habitat for Humanity and their desire to partner with Liz and her family in creating this home and the Townsend community.
Jean and Venus Address the Crown in English and Spanish
Liz offered her thanks to Lowe’s and GAHH for their support and expressed how much this will mean to the family. Eduardo and Diego also expressed their appreciation for all who will make this happen.
Liz Offering Her Thanks to All
Diego Sharing Appreciation to Lowe’s and GAHH
Claudia Gallardo de Campbell of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs outlined their interest in the work of Habitat and expressed the hope that they would be able to work further with Habitat.
Claudia Brings Greetings from the Cultural Affairs Department
Ranee Tafoya of the Hispano Chamber of Commerce spoke of their work in the Hispano community with education and outreach.
Ranee Tafoya Addressing the Gathering
Lori Valdez of the GAHH Board of Directors offered some comment on the role of Habitat in creating communities like Townsend and Trujillo. She stressed the commonality of all peoples by comparing our NM tortillas and the Scandinavian lefse, which she knew growing up in the midwest. She introduced Frederico Vigil, Fresco Artist, whose work can be seen at the Hispanic Cultural Center. Federico offered words of support for the work of Habitat.
Lori Shares Her Story of Lefse and Tortillas
Frederico with Some of His Works
Lowe’s provided gifts for those in attendance and offered the children an opportunity to build a toy with kits and guidance from the Lowe’s volunteers.
Lowe’s Volunteers Assist with Kit Building
As always, the high point was the ceremonial turning of dirt to kick of the building of this home.
And Once More the Dirt Flies for a New Home
On Saturday, October 5, GAHH broke ground for its 171st home, to be known as “Ron’s House” in honor of sponsors Ron and Faye Detry. The Detry’s are long time supporters of Habitat and Ron has been a SWAT member for the past few years. Our partner family for this home is the Aragon’s: Jon and Lucy, Jeremia, Julian, and Aubrey. The celebration was opened with welcoming remarks by Greg Hunt, past president of GAHH. Greg highlighted the fact this home is the first of seven to be constructed on Townsend Avenue. Dave Ericson, SWAT member, offered the opening prayer.
Greg Welcomes Everyone to the Renewed Work on Townsend
Dave Offers a Prayer of Blessing for the Home and Workers
Ron and Faye offered comments, sharing their belief in the Habitat mission and their desire to help our families realize their dream of home ownership.
Ron Shares the Detry’s Motivations
Lucy, a familiar face to our volunteers on the recently completed Trujillo Project, thanked Ron and Faye for their support and shared with the crowd how much this home means to their family.
Lucy and the Children Thank All Involved
Judy Lucero, GAHH executive director, expressed thanks to the Detry’s for their support. She outlined the plans for the rest of the Townsend Avenue lots.
ED Judy Talks About the Townsend Project
The Aragon’s, Detry’s, GAHH staff, and volunteers then turned the earth to officially start the project.
The Dirt Flies in the Morning Breeze
The Detry’s with the Aragon Family