Volunteer helps others live the dream of home ownership through Habitat For Humanity

Volunteer helps build homes with new homeowners

DENVER - Imagine a volunteer experience so powerful that 15,000 Coloradans a year come forward to help.

One of those volunteers is 7Everyday Hero Jim Reuteler. He is among the hundreds who give their time to help Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver.

"Habitat for Humanity engages the community in building and rehabbing homes so that low income families have an opportunity to realize their dreams of stability and hope by having a good place to sleep at night," said Heather Lafferty, CEO, Exec. Dir., Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver.

The homes are not given away, but sold at cost to qualified buyers who roll up their sleeves and help build their dream.

"We ask them to do 200 hours of sweat equity on the job," said Reuteler.

Reuteler chairs the speaker's bureau of the local Habitat effort and is a regular at the job site.

"I am out on the construction site every week.  So, I see the house from the beginning to the end," said Reuteler.

Reuteler also leads a coalition of churches called Loaves and Fishes that builds Habitat homes.

"We build a house every year.  We are starting our 16th house this year," said Reuteler.

"He puts his faith in action every day and we are so honored to have him as a volunteer and partner at Habitat," said Lafferty.

Jim Reuteler has given his time to Habitat for Humanity every week since 1995.

"My wife thinks she's a Habitat widow," said Reuteler.

Reuteler and his wife have only been home owners themselves for about twelve years.  So, they know the power of helping others achieve their dream of homeownership.

"It is such a joy to work next to someone who does not have a lot of money and who has a dream to live in a house like everyone else.  Habitat makes it possible for them to do that," said Reuteler.

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver go to www.habitatmetrodenver.org.

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