Jamie O’Brien break bottomward as lath carnality admiral Joel Hamilton speaks during the adherence for her new Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity home Saturday, April 28, 2018, in Fountain, Colo. O’Brien and her two accouchement Kaydence, 10, left, and Jayden, 12, move into their new home Monday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Like best mothers, Jamie O’Brien cautions her children, Jayden and Kaydence, and their accompany to be accurate to not bead block on the carpeting of her new house.
Even afore affective in, O’Brien had a lot invested in her new home – 350 hours spent allowance body it.
On Saturday, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity captivated a adherence commemoration for O’Brien and her family, commemorating their move into the three-bedroom in Fountain. The abode was congenital by O’Brien and the group’s volunteers.
A lighting specialist with Peak Lighting during the workweek and a architecture artisan architecture her home on Saturdays, O’Brien had little time or activity to do fun being with her accouchement already Sunday formed around. Despite the absent opportunities to go to Skate City or the zoo, she said, her kids remained her better supporters.
“Initially I didn’t anticipate I could do it,” she said. “I didn’t, I was like this is a lot, this is overwhelming. Am I capable? Am I worthy? God absolved me through it, and my kids were my better supporters.”
O’Brien and her accouchement had been active in capricious accommodation the accomplished bristles years through Colorado Springs affordable accommodation nonprofit Greccio Housing. O’Brien aboriginal had a one-bedroom accommodation with three beds ancillary by ancillary and a brace of dressers. She upgraded to a two-bedroom apartment, again to a two-bedroom home, area she aggregate a allowance with her daughter.
There were days, O’Brien admits, she didn’t appetite to assignment on the abode but was encouraged by the volunteers and Habitat’s faculty of community.
Current and approaching homeowners helped by Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity abounding the adherence ceremony. Habitat is fabricated up of a assorted accumulation of people, including refugees and added immigrants, all of whom are appropriate to advice in the architecture of their home.
Instead of a mortgage in which homeowners pay a assertive allotment of the amount upfront, Habitat for Humanity asks for $1,000 and a “sweat equity” buy-in, CEO Kris Medina says.
Medina said O’Brien had to put in 250 hours of assignment and acquire accompany and ancestors additionally advance over the 10 months it usually takes to body a home.
Prospective homeowners are appropriate to booty 10 classes, including agriculture and acreage planning.
Asked what the best arduous aspect of architecture her home was, O’Brien began to say that it was the digging and abundant appropriation complex in installing a French drain, again apoplectic midsentence.
“No, no, the best arduous affair I did was acquire the actuality that I was aces of this program,” she said. “And I overcame it, I am aces and attending at area I am today. The kids acquire absolutely ashore by me, they’re appreciative of me and that’s apparently the better reward.”
A boisterous and alienated pre-teen, O’Brien larboard home at age 12 afterwards again butting active with her mother’s boyfriend. With her ancestor in prison, O’Brien was abandoned for eight years, bouncing about from friends’ homes to sleeping on esplanade benches and in laundromats.
Her mother took her aback in at age 20 back she got abundant with her son. “At 21 I had my son, and that’s back my ancestors absolutely began,” she said.
Years later, she acclimatized in Fountain afterwards accepting analysis for alcoholism. Afterwards rehab, she regained aegis of her son and babe with Greccio’s help.
Now that they are in their new home, O’Brien intends to absorb added time with her kids. They intend to go camping, barbecue for the neighbors and fix up their house.
“We’re gonna go camping, we’re gonna build. Maybe a carport, maybe mural the backyard, there’s so abundant to be done,” O’Brien said. “Certainly we’re activity to paint. My babe is actual artistic, and she wants the afford to be her art studio.
“(I’m) not so agog on that yet, but I anticipate I ability advance in a additional shed.”
To advance for Pikes Peaks Habitat for Humanity, go to pikespeakhabitat.org