Hospital Donates House To Montrose Habitat

Dec 21st @ 6:59 am in Local Events, News, People, Public Service by Scott Staley

It’s a case of a home needing a new home…when Montrose Memorial Hospital recently donated the house at 847 South Fifth Street to Habitat for Humanity, the only requirement was that the non-profit find a new location for the structure.  The 1,000 square-foot house will be moved to a new lot in the Downtown area once an appropriate site is found, said Montrose Habitat Executive Director Colleen Burke. No longer needed for its original purposes, the house will eventually house an important community organization.

“We are seeking a donated lot within City limits,” Burke said. “We also welcome cash donations and volunteers to help with the project. Habitat will work in partnership with Welcome Home Montrose to move the house and rebuild it so that it is a safe, warm, and efficient home for the Welcome Home Montrose Dream Job program.”

“The Hospital is happy to donate this house to Habitat for Humanity,” Montrose Memorial Hospital Spokesperson Leann Tobin said.  “In the past we have housed medical and nursing students here; however, we no longer have that need and are excited to give it to someone who can use it.”

By working together, community groups can help to ease the transition for wounded soldiers as they return to civilian life, said Welcome Home Montrose Founder Melanie Kline.

“WHM is honored to partner with the amazing organizations here in Montrose as we join together on behalf of our heroes,” Kline said. “The people in this community have stepped up to insure that we have the resources in place to succeed. Thank you to Montrose Memorial Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, Timberline Bank, Ralph and Karen Walchle, and the dozens of people and many groups helping to make this initiative possible.”

The project will make a difference in the community, said Burke, who expressed gratitude for the donation.  “We are very honored to receive such a generous donation from Montrose Memorial Hospital,” Burke said. “This is an exciting opportunity for us to collaborate with another Montrose non-profit organization to support housing and job training for Veterans. Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County is experiencing a very exciting time as our capacity grows and we are able to take on special projects such as this. In addition to this housing project for Veterans, we will begin construction on a new home this spring.”

Welcome Home Montrose (WHM) is a 501(c) 3 organization that is bringing together public and private resources with the goal of making the City of Montrose, Colorado, an open arms community with a “NO BARRIERS” environment, a place where the wounded warriors of America’s Armed Forces can rebuild their lives and find purpose regardless of their physical abilities. A centralized, community-wide effort, WHM coordinates the development and growth of programs designed to assist veterans and their families with the burdens they will face as they transition into society and reintegrate with family life, from jobs, homes and services to recreation. WHM embodies a caring community whose goal is to prevent the isolation and suicide of American combat soldiers and the heartbreak of the families who love them.  

Over the past 20 years, Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County has empowered 42 local families to help build and move into homes of their own.  To organize a build day with your company or community group, please contact Bill Bond at 970-901-9576. To volunteer, please contact us at restore@habitatmontrose.org or 970-252-9304.  To learn more about Habitat for Humanity in Montrose, email colleen@habitatmontrose.org, or call 970-252-9303.