Meraz Family & Salazar Family

Meraz Family & Salazar Family

About This Campaign

Please Welcome Habitat for Humanity’s Newest Silt Partner Families

Meet Nora Meraz and her daughters Ana, 16, Natalie, 11 and Ruby 4.

Growing up in Basalt, with extended family still residing in the mid-valley, Nora has never considered leaving the area. After the struggle of completing High School at Yampa as a teen Mom, Nora began her career in the medical field at the front desk of Mountain Family Health Centers. Next she attended CMC to achieve her CNA and has a dream of one day becoming a Registered Nurse.

Nora works as a Medical Assistant at Grand River Health. This essential position in our community provides Nora and her family with enough income to get by, but, without Habitat’s assistance, not enough income to ever achieve the goal of homeownership.

Ana is proud to be a part of Rifle High School’s elite IB program and her goal of becoming an Emergency Room Pediatrician already set. Natalie, who is bursting with character, will quickly talk her way into your heart, with her dreams of becoming a lawyer. Ruby is full of smiles and love from her family!
Habitat analyzes “Need” (as well as readiness) when selecting families and the Meraz family is currently overcrowded in their two bedroom rental unit in Rifle. A new home will provide space for these three young women to spread their wings, soaring to achieve their high aspirations.

Meet Raynee and Michael Salazar Jr. and their daughter Chloe

Michael moved to Silt into his family’s Habitat for Humanity Home for his senior year of high school. He admits to not fully comprehending the opportunity his family was being presented, and was quite resentful of having to move. As a teenage boy all he wanted was to graduate from Grand Valley High School with his friends. He specifically remembers the moment he began to understand what home ownership meant to his parents. The day they moved into their home, he watched his stoic hard working parents, sitting on the floor of an empty home sobbing in each other’s arms.

Fast forward a few years, Michael has become a father and his main goal is to provide a stable home for Chloe. While Raynee only imagines how home ownership dramatically helps families. She moved almost every year growing up, struggling to start a new school every fall and gave up unpacking boxes. All she wants for her daughter, like most parents, is the stability of growing up in a consistent home.

Habitat statistics show that children living in a home their parents own are 118% more likely to attend college.

Location / Venue

  • Address:
  • 1470 Grand Ave
  • Silt, Colorado
  • 81652, USA
Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley

Campaign to Support Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley

The Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley provides an option for low income families who otherwise would not be able to afford a simple decent home of their own, using conventional or low interest loans. Homes are sold with an affordable mortgage; monthly payments based on 29% of the household income are paid to Habitat. Monthly mortgage payments go into a revolving "Fund for Humanity" that is used to build more houses. 


Additional funding comes from tax-deductible donations of money and materials. Volunteers provide much of the construction labor, working alongside partner families. Habitat for Humanity is a hand-up not a hand-out. Partner families invest 250 hours of their own labor - sweat equity - into building their home and the homes of others alongside of volunteers and the Habitat construction team. 

As a result, the following program outcomes are produced: • Habitat brings the community of need together with the contributors, supporters, pre-qualified homeowners, and volunteers to build a better community by eliminating poverty housing. • Habitat provides families with a stable and growing base of financial security.• Habitat provides a permanent and lasting solution to a family's housing crisis.  • Habitat for Humanity is a movement of people who build more than houses. By bringing homeowners together with volunteers, donors, community leaders, foundations, churches, and hundreds of other supporters, Habitat builds stable families, safe neighborhoods, and caring communities.• Habitat helps to break the cycle of poverty by giving families the opportunity to become self-sufficient through home-ownership.

Volunteer Participant Hours Pledged
carla amaya
carla amaya
12
Sara Dobbins
Sara Dobbins
6
Cynthia Bjerstedt
Cynthia Bjerstedt
6
Samantha Hart
Samantha Hart
6
James Hart
James Hart
6
carrington brown
carrington brown
24
Trevor NIeslanik
Trevor NIeslanik
6
Bob Davis
Bob Davis
30
Ever Retana
Ever Retana
N/A
Leticia Hurtado
Leticia Hurtado
N/A
Brittanie Conrardy
Brittanie Conrardy
6
Jessa Schlitt
Jessa Schlitt
12
Alan and Carmen Vargas
Alan and Carmen Vargas
18
katie moon
katie moon
6
Vickie Schauster
Vickie Schauster
6
Cindy Bjerstedt
Cindy Bjerstedt
6
Amber Graby
Amber Graby
6
Carol McNeel
Carol McNeel
18
Nicole Quinn
Nicole Quinn
6
Jennifer Harbin
Jennifer Harbin
6
Ana Ibarra
Ana Ibarra
6
Nora Meraz
Nora Meraz
48
Roxana De la Rosa
Roxana De la Rosa
24
Marisol Hernandez
Marisol Hernandez
24
Ramon Chairez.
Ramon Chairez.
24
Dania Davison
Dania Davison
24
Randy Corral
Randy Corral
6
Randy Corral
Randy Corral
6
Sulma Mellin
Sulma Mellin
12
Kaileen DAlitz
Kaileen DAlitz
42
Amy French
Amy French
6
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