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Many are familiar with Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity, which builds homes for low-income families and operates a ReStore in Bergen Park.
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• To learn more or to sign up for the repair program, contact David Milanaik, repair program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-674-1127, Ext. 9.
• To sign up to volunteer, contact Jenna Huju, director of volunteer services, at email@example.com or 303-674-1127, Ext. 2.
It’s much less known that Habitat provides a home-repair service, too. Blue Spruce Habitat is looking for those who meet its income or age requirements to get house repairs and those interested in volunteering to do the work.
David Milanaik, Blue Spruce Habitat’s repair coordinator, said workers will paint, clean gutters, perform basic landscaping, remove brush/junk, install weather stripping, replace boards on porches, stairs or ramps, and more.
Milanaik explained that while other Habitat organizations in the country have more robust repair programs, Blue Spruce Habitat has been focused on building new homes. Now it’s time to get the repair program moving forward.
“The repair program is a natural extension of building new homes,” Milanaik noted. “We can help people who are already homeowners.”
Homeowners who are 60 and older living in the Jeffco foothills and Clear Creek County can apply for the program, so Habitat can help people who not be able to do the repair work themselves. Those under 60 must meet income-eligibility guidelines, and there are additional rules that participants need to follow, too.
When it comes to volunteers, Blue Spruce Habitat is looking for both people with specific skills and those who can be trained.
Milanaik hopes that church and service groups who volunteered with the organization before the pandemic will return, and the repair program will be a good place to help others in the community.
“We are just looking for people with time and generous personalities,” he said.
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