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Family receives keys to new Habitat for Humanity home

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Maria Rague

Family receives keys to new
Habitat for Humanity home

Community members and volunteers support affordable home construction

Ogden February 3, 2018 — Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. The Habitat for Humanity affiliate celebrated the construction of its 13th Habitat home at a dedication ceremony Saturday, February 3rd, at 141 30th Street, Ogden, Utah. The new homeowner, Travis Parsons, and the Habitat affiliate thanked all those who worked so hard to help them reach this goal.

So many sponsors and volunteers helped make this Habitat Home a reality for Travis. Here is a list of those who came together to build this home.

Automated Structures, Bill Phillips Fund, Bennett’s Glass, Boman-Kemp, Brian Butler and crew from Barnes Aerospace, Citi, CMI Insulation, Community Foundation of Utah, Dennis Longfellow, Dominion Energy, Geneva Rock, George S. & Dolores Dore’ Eccles Foundation, GSH Services, Harristone, Henry W. and Leslie M. Eskuche Foundation, Hill Air Force Base volunteers, Home Depot – Ogden, Herbert I. and Elsa B. Michael Foundation, Howe Rents, James Green, Jared Gleue, Jay Garrett, Jeremy Jones at HHI Corp, Jolley Plumbing, Kapp U-Cart, Lansing Building Products, Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation, Lowes – Layton, Lowes – Riverdale , Master Electrical , Master HVAC, Michelle Harline, Mobile Storage, Ogden City Building Department, Parsons Concrete, Questar, Ralph Nye Charitable Foundation, Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation, Rocky Mountain Power Foundation , Sergio Macias Sheetrock, Sorenson Legacy Foundation, Tammy Ratliff, United Site Services, U.S. Bank Foundation, UServeUtah, Valentine Construction & Steve Hopkins, Wall 2 Wall Flooring, Wheelwright Lumber, Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, Wheeler Foundation, WSU Athletics, WSU CCEL, WSU Engineering Technology and Construction Management students, WSU volunteers, York Engineering , and all those who donated when our tools were stolen.

At 10 AM, the doors opened to the public, and more than 40 people arrived to show their support for Travis Parsons and his family.

Travis Parsons is a retired and disabled veteran with two service dogs. He is currently enrolled as a full-time student in the Electrical Engineering program at Weber State University. Travis is dedicated to his studies despite his hardships financially and physically and has hoped to have a place of his own. He had sold his home and furnishings to keep his mother in her own home and had spent most of his time in a small camp trailer parked in the backyard. Despite all of this, his greatest quality is his continual commitment to the people around him. Travis also showed the same commitment when he was younger and used to work on Habitat for Humanity home builds. He didn’t share this information until he after he was selected as one of our partner families. He didn’t want any special treatment because he had helped in the past.

Mike Lloyd, Board President, explained that Travis Parsons and his family had performed at least the required 500 sweat equity hours working on their home and the homes of others as a requirement for becoming Habitat homeowners. Afterwards, Mike Lloyd presented him with the key to his new home in addition to a gift card to Walmart.

At the end of the ceremony, the invited supporters took a tour of the top floor of the home.

After receiving this Habitat Home, he is going to have a direct positive impact on a numerous amount of people. His mother and father may end up staying with Travis due to health issues. In addition to this, Travis’ son may also be living with him, bringing along his own family. For Travis, receiving this home means the chance to become self-sufficient again and an opportunity to flourish. This house represent independence and self-respect for him to start again fresh after such a long time. He would like to thank Habitat for Humanity of restoring his humanity for living life and thank everyone for this honor.

Through donations of money and materials and volunteer labor, Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties was able to build the home and sell it at an affordable price. The Parsons family purchased the home with a no-profit loan, and their monthly mortgage payments will be used to build more Habitat houses. The affiliate is in the process of building three to four Habitat Homes for the selected partner families of 2018.

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2955 Harrison Blvd. Suite 202 Ogden UT 84403 | 801-475-9821 |

About Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties
Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties is a nonprofit organization that strives to create “a world where everyone has a decent place to live”. Our affiliate has built over 12 homes since 2004. For more information, visit

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Goodbye Jennifer Winkels

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We want to say goodbye to our amazing HAFB Representative, Jennifer Winkels. She has been transferred to Florida and we wish her well.

In case you don’t know Jennifer, she joined the Board of Directors in the middle of 2015. She has been a strong advocate for Habitat for Humanity. She worked hard to make sure there were volunteers to come assist with projects and events. In fact, Jennifer has coordinated over 147 volunteers from all over Hill Air Force Base for 14 major events. Jennifer was at every one of these events and always gave 110%.  She even helped our organization streamline some of our processes and procedures.

The startup of our 21,000 square foot ReStore was a monumental task and without Jennifer’s support in gathering volunteers it would not have been accomplished. Whenever volunteers would get down and tired, Jennifer would motivate and inspire them to keep going.

Jennifer organized a group to help Team Rubicon with the northern area flooding.  Her dedication and knowledge was so helpful that she actually wound up running her own demolition team, assisting over 72 families whose homes were flooded with severe damage.

Jennifer brought in a large group and reorganized our entire 24,000 square foot 20th street warehouse. In addition to this, she even worked on some individual home projects putting up fences and replacing doors for local low-income families. One of the most important things that Jennifer did was to establish a squadron-level point of contact roster for coordination efforts across 10 units/18 individual work centers.  This allowed for quick distribution and organization of information and volunteers so that we could maximize the amount of volunteers for our projects and events.

She has found someone to take her place as she moves on and has left a training guide and detailed instructions to ensure that the partnership between HAFB and Habitat stays strong and successful. She has been a steadfast supporter of the organization and has shown what dedication and commitment looks like. We are incredibly grateful for all the work Jennifer has done at our organization.

Jennifer Winkels and ReStore

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