Building a Better Denver:
Why Timber Ridge Properties and Malarkey Roofing Support Denver’s Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity was born from the concept of “partnership housing,” an idea that centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build decent, affordable houses.
This idea of partnership extends beyond homeowner and volunteer to include corporate sponsors, affiliate organizations, job-training programs, and innovative recycling solutions for materials and resources. Since its conception in 1967, over 600 houses have been built in Denver alone, and millions of partnerships established.
In this article, we peer into Denver’s growing need for affordable housing; Restore’s role in funding Habitat for Humanity; and how building industry experts can fuel a better Denver (while benefiting their clients) through in-kind sponsorship.
THE FLIPSIDE OF DENVER’S GROWING ECONOMY
As population and economic growth continue to swell, the housing market has become increasingly competitive, pushing families in lower-income brackets to find shelter in spaces that most residents would deem unsuitable. Despite the Denver community’s best efforts to meet the growing need for affordable housing, there is still a large discrepancy between the number of low-income families and the availability of affordable living options.
HOUSING DENVER’S LOW INCOME FAMILIES
This is where programs such as Habitat for Humanity come into play. Through construction of low-cost housing, Habitat is able to provide affordable living solutions for low-income at-risk families throughout the area.
“People in our community, and all over the world, partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers, and pay an affordable mortgage. With our help, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.”
Restore was established as an affiliate organization and fundraising arm for Habitat for Humanity. The 5 Denver ReStore locations sell new and gently used home furnishings and materials to support Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, and 100% of store profits support Habitat‘s homeownership and home repair programs for the beneficiaries of the program. Additionally, the Denver ReStores offer internship and job training opportunities to the unemployed or disadvantaged, and recycle about 9 tons of usable materials daily, reducing landfill waste.
Habitat for Humanity and Restore Denver work with an array of corporate sponsors. For those in the building industry, In-Kind sponsorship allows the opportunity to contribute to Habitat for Humanity, while benefiting the client and reducing waste. Here’s what two industry experts have to say:
“Timber Ridge Properties has been a long-time partner of Habitat for Humanity. As a company that often performs major remodels on luxury homes, we often have building supplies leftover from completed projects, as well as used materials from our client’s homes. These materials range from gently used cabinetry to appliances, decorative pieces and everything in-between. The ReStore program is a great way to help our remodel homeowners dispose of used home items, AND do something that feels good for the community.”
—Marianne Wise, Timber Ridge Properties
“For Malarkey Roofing Products, providing contributions to Habitat for Humanity is a natural fit as a building materials manufacturer. Each year, Malarkey contributes to a variety of charities across the United States to provide safe homes and help children in need.”
—Bobby Lambrix, Malarkey Roofing Products®
A WELL-BUILT FUTURE
For the families that Habitat supports, having a safe and well-built home means having the ability to provide the shelter their family needs to survive. It means giving their children a place to interact, to learn, to grow and to experience life. The ReStore program gives local businesses, such as Timber Ridge Properties or Malarkey Roofing, the opportunity to help Denver’s Habitat for Humanity program provide its beneficiaries a hand up… not just a hand out.
To learn more about how you can get involved with Habitat for Humanity, visit their website.