Under sunny skies our new home owner Amanda Uhrig and her son Deamyn were all smiles as the “Chief Jon Tibbetts” home was dedicated on September 28. This was the 16th and final home in the Trujillo Road development, built to honor Chief Tibbetts who died in the line of duty.
SWAT Member Dave Ericson and Sandoval County FD Chaplain Kathy Tribodaux opened the ceremony with prayers. GAHH Board President Rob Livingston welcomed the crowd and again highlighted the key role our sponsors and volunteers play in making these homes happen.
Chaplain Kathy Offers a Prayer
Board President Rob Discusses Chief’s House and Trujillo
Amanda and Deamyn thanked everyone for their support and encouragement. Deamyn was quick to show anyone interested his “very own” room.
Amanda Thanks All Who Assisted Her
Six Year Old Deamyn Thanks Everyone For His New Home
Board Member Lori Valdez represented the NM Quilters Association in presenting Amanda with a quilt. The Quilters have provided dozens of quilts to our new home owners and we appreciate their continued support.
Another Beautiful Gift from the NM Quilters
Staff member KoriAnn Sanchez stood in for the Literacy Project in presenting Amanda and Deamyn age appropriate books.
The Books and Their Beautiful Bookcase
Executive Director Judy Lucero expressed thanks to all the First Responders who supported the work. She took advantage of the occasion to highlight the work of the GAHH staff in bringing the Trujillo Road project to a successful conclusion.
GAHH Staff (LtoR) – KoriAnn Sanchez, Neal DeLang, Bill Riley, Judy Lucero and Nancy Gabaldon
Bob Rieden, SWAT Member and Coordinator, presented Amanda with a hammer, symbolic of the efforts that went into creating her new home.
Bob Discusses the Hammer with Amanda and Deamyn
Chaplain Kathy Tribodaux presented the Bible.
Chaplain Tribodaux Presents the Bible
The employees of Prime Theraputics provided a gift to support the construction of Chief’s House.
Eddie Wong and Tony Ward Present the Gift
Dave Ericson provided the House Blessing prior to the ceremonial ribbon cutting.
Dave Ericson Offers the Prayer of Blessing for the Home
Amanda and Deamyn Do the Honors
The Uhrig’s and Sponsor Representatives.
On Saturday, September 21, the Cath-Pres Coalition, now joined by St Stephen’s Methodist, saw their 13th Habitat Home dedicated. They were joined in the celebration by our new homeowners Frank Tello and Mayra Cervantes and their children Regina and Santiago.
An opening prayer was offered by Pastors Finch and Salzwadel followed by welcoming remarks by GAHH Board President Rob Livingston. Rob highlighted the importance of the ongoing dedication to our Habitat families by the coalition. They are indeed valued sponsors.
Pastors Salzwadel and Finck Lead in Prayer
GAHH Board President as He Addresses the Crowd
Our partner family was enthusiastic in their thanks to the Habitat staff and volunteers. They provided biscochitos for the volunteers, a much enjoyed treat.
With Broad Smiles Frank and Mayra Express Their Thanks
Once again, Board member Lori Valdez was given the happy task of presenting a quilt on behalf of the NM Quilter’s Association.
Lori and Staff Member KoriAnn Unfold the Quilt
Susan Jennings presented the bookcase and books on behalf of the Literacy Project.
Susan and the Family Stand Before the Bookcase
During her remarks, GAHH Executive Director Judy Lucero presented commemorative plaques to the coalition team. A special plaque was presented to Marilyn Stoops who is retiring from her position of coordinator for the Catholic congregations.
Judy Presenting Marilyn with a Plaque of Thanks
Carolyn Receives the Plaque for the Presbyterians
As is the Habitat custom, the homeowners were presented a hammer by Ed Decatur, speaking on behalf of the SWAT and symbolic of the work it took to build their home and a start for their maintenance kit.
Ed Decatur and Frank During the Presentation
Because we are a Christian-based organization, we present our new homeowners with a Bible. Gerry Werth, SWAT member, again did the honors.
Gerry Presents the Bible
Msgr. Olona offered the closing prayer for the dedication and the house blessing prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Msgr. Olona Blessing the Home
The Family Cuts the Ribbon
The clouds and drizzle on Saturday morning, September 14, were chased away by the all the smiles of our new homeowner, Reah Ndayishimiye, and her daughters Delphine and Victoria. Their dream of their own home was coming true. GAHH Board President Rob Livingston welcomed all the attendees and highlighted the role volunteers, especially the SWAT members, play it making it all happen.
Rob Welcomes the Crowd
Reah and her daughters each expressed their thanks to the Habitat staff and all the volunteers for their roles in making their dream a reality.
Smiling Reah Thanks the Volunteers
Delphine Talks About What This Means to Her
Victoria Adds Her Thanks
Lori Valdez a member of the GAHH Board presented Reah with a special quilt provided by the NM Quilter’s Association continuing their tradition of supporting our Habitat families.
Another Beautiful Quilt to Grace the Home
Susan Jennings, Habitat volunteer and Kiwanis member presented books and a hand made book case on behalf of the Literacy Project. Bob Rieden, SWAT Member and Building Committee member, presented Reah with a well-used hammer as a memento of the building and for future use. Bob also highlighted the key role Neal Delang, our onsite Construction Supervisor, plays in making these home a reality. Gerry Werth presented the family with a Bible encouraging them to find wisdom and comfort in its pages.
Bob Provides a Hammer and a Hug
A wonderful house blessing was provided by Bishop Sinandile of the All Nations African Bible Study Fellowship.
As always the ceremonies climaxed with the ribbon cutting ceremony, making it their home.
The Ribbon Falls Away
Look at Those Beautiful Smiles
With a good crew on hand Wednesday, the walls were primed in the morning and painted in the afternoon. With the painting completed the doors, window sills, blinds, and bathroom towel bars were installed Saturday. The remaining trim materials were painted on to prep those items for installation.
Finishing Up Garage Dry Wall
Priming Kitchen Area
Priming the Living Room Area
Installing Window Blind
Putting Bedroom Door in Place
Painting the Last of the Trim Material
Work focused on getting the floor cleaned and prepped for waxing. Everything was cleared out of the house and only a few things remain in the garage.
Starting the Floor Clean-up