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Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity
Monique Bos, Communications Manager
Tel: 719.475.7800 x107
Mobile: 719.318.0147

Workforce Family Celebrates Home Just in Time for Holidays

El Paso County Family of Six Will Receive Keys to Pikes Peak Habitat Apostles Build Home
Family standing by tree

Ricardo, Mariela, and their sons

Colorado Springs, CO (Dec. 8, 2023) — A local workforce family will celebrate the holiday season in their own home, thanks to Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity and El Paso County churches. Ricardo, Mariela, and their four sons will receive the keys to their brand-new, two-story home at a dedication ceremony Saturday, Dec. 9, at 10:30 a.m. at The Ridge at Sand Creek. Members of the public and local media are invited to join the celebration, and Ricardo and Mariela will be available to speak with media.

The home was constructed as Pikes Peak Habitat’s 2023 Apostles Build. This ecumenical movement brings churches from around El Paso County together to raise walls, funds, and prayers, building a house in partnership with a local family in need of decent, affordable housing.

In keeping with the spirit of the Apostles Build, local Christian leaders—Pastor Raul Quiñones from Centro Mundial de Alabanza and Deacon Gary Darress from St. Michael’s Episcopal Church—will offer prayers and blessings for Ricardo, Mariela, and their family at the home dedication. The U.S. Air Force Academy Gospel Choir will provide musical accompaniment. In addition, the 2024 Apostles Build family, future Pikes Peak Habitat homeowner Bernadette and her children, will be introduced.

“It has been such a joy this year to see Christians from all different denominations come together to support Mariela and Ricardo’s family,” says Chloe Henry, Pikes Peak Habitat Faith in Action program manager. “The Apostles Build is truly a testament to faith in action and the collective power of the Church coming together to support our community.”

Ricardo is a Colorado Springs native. His wife, Mariela, immigrated to the United States from Mexico at age 14. (Pikes Peak Habitat requires homeowners to be U.S. citizens or legal residents.) Even though Ricardo works full-time, their family of six has been living with his parents and brother in a three-bedroom, one-bathroom house. Mariela says they’ve had to make difficult choices about which possessions to keep because they simply don’t have space. One son had to give up baseball because they didn’t have room to store sports equipment. They’ve also sacrificed toys, books, art projects, and even study aids like flash cards.

The parents of four sons—the youngest of whom celebrated his first birthday in November—look forward to having enough room in the new home to spend time together. “As a family, we will be able to do more things and have more family time, like having movie nights, game night, and so much more!” says Mariela. Ricardo wants to “just have a nice family dinner, be able to all sit together.”

Like all Pikes Peak Habitat homeowners, Ricardo and Mariela each invested 200 hours of sweat equity in helping build their home. Working on the construction site also provides a way for them to build relationships with future neighbors before they even move into the community.

About Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity builds strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter in El Paso County. We construct permanent, affordable homes in partnership with the community and prospective homebuyers, who purchase their homes with affordable mortgages. In addition, our home repair program works with seniors, veterans, and other cost-burdened homeowners in El Paso County, who “pay it forward” by serving their communities. Pikes Peak Habitat has been an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since 1986 and has partnered with more than 235 families in El Paso County. For more information, visit http://www.pikespeakhabitat.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

2023 Press Releases

Workforce Family Celebrates Home Just in Time for Holidays (PDF; Dec. 8)

Media Advisory - Pikes Peak Habitat Celebrates Rosalynn Carter's Life (PDF; Dec. 4)

Pikes Peak Habitat Holds Triple Groundbreaking, Home Dedication (PDF; Nov. 2)

Future Homeowner Family Announced for Pikes Peak Habitat's Kum & Go Build (PDF; Oct. 9)

Year in Review Showcases How Pikes Peak Habitat Supports Affordable Homeownership in El Paso County (PDF; Sept. 28)

Pikes Peak Habitat Receives $49,189 Grant from Lowes to Repair Four Homes in El Paso County (PDF; Sept. 26)

Kum & Go Partners with Pikes Peak Habitat to Sponsor Home for Local Workforce Family (PDF; August 25)

Pikes Peak Habitat Partners with GreenSheen on Free Paint Recycling Event (PDF; August 7)

Army Veteran Celebrates Homeownership (PDF; July 6)

Peak Habitat Announces 2023-24 Board Leadership (PDF; July 1)

Pikes Peak Habitat Holds Triple Ground Blessing, Home Dedication (PDF; April 27)

Pikes Peak Habitat Congratulates New City Council Members, Mayoral Runoff Candidates (PDF; April 14)

Pikes Peak Habitat ReStores Promote Donation Drive for 2023 Earth Day (PDF; April 10)

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Expresses Support for Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter (PDF; Feb. 21)

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity, KRDO NewsRadio and KRDO NewsChannel 13 Host Colorado Springs Mayoral Candidate Forum on Affordable Homeownership (PDF; Feb. 21)

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Dedicates Home for Family of Three (PDF; Feb. 21)

Building the Beloved Community with Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity (PDF; Jan. 30)

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Holds Ground Blessing for Three Families (PDF; Jan. 24)

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