JACKSON, Wyo. — Life resembled some sort of normalcy last Wednesday when the crew from Outpost, a local vacation rental management company, volunteered their time to help complete the newly built Habitat for Humanity homes in a section of The Grove development.
In the past, Outpost employees have gathered for an annual team day of volunteer work with Habitat. The COVID-19 lockdown canceled last year’s build day, but they were able to resume this year. “Not only is it a great way for us to spend the day together in a completely different realm of caring for homes, but it allows us a deeper connection with our community members,” states Colleen Valenstein, marketing manager. “The stronger connection we have with our community, the better we are at the task of educating our guests as well as acting as stewards for our homeowners.”
The project at The Grove is nearing completion and homeowners will close on their new homes at the end of May. For many, it is an exciting time, especially for a soon-to-be homeowner, Angela Zarate Sanchez.
“My current home gave me much satisfaction for many years because it gave me the chance to live in this wonderful community. I loved the people here right away, so I felt really grateful to be here. But, the house inside is in very bad condition. I was raising my children there, and I always have worked hard to give them a better future,” said Sanchez.
“Now, I am achieving everything I told myself I would attain. Everything is going to change one hundred percent. I have many projects in mind. I have long been visualizing what my life will be like when I’m in my own home. It is something that fills me up inside in a way that is difficult to explain but that feels to me to truly be human.”
There are many ways to get involved with Habitat for Humanity. They are currently seeking volunteers through May to help finish up The Grove homes in time for closing. If you or your business is looking to volunteer, please contact Nick Staron ([email protected]).