Local veteran gets new roof thanks to Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity
PIKES PEAK REGION, Colo. — With a roof taking shape on their future home, Monya Collins says her family can’t wait to move. It will be the first time that she and her three children each have their own bedroom.
“We have always been used to small apartments. The kids love that they all get their own room. We have a backyard and a porch. Only the little things that really matter to us right now,” says Monya Collins,
The build is thanks to the 3rd Annual Veteran Build by Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity. It’s a way of giving back to those who have given so much for our country, like Collins.
The foundation has been laid, the roof is coming together and the Collins family will soon be planting roots in their new home.
“I served in the Colorado Army and National Guard for a total of five years. This house means stability and a place of peace for my children and my family,” Collins said.
“Our veterans are used to helping. Our veterans aren’t very good at asking for help. And when people come back to stay here after serving, we need to be able to provide them with affordable housing,” said Kris Lewis Medina, executive director of Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity.
The materials and personnel are made possible through a partnership with Total Roofing and Restoration along with Owens Corning Platinum Roofing Contractor. It is part of the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project.
“Owens Corning supplies the roofing materials and we supply the roofers. It’s an honor, to be honest. If it’s the least we can do for them and help them afford a home like this, we’d be happy to do it,” said Scott McIntyre, CEO of Total Roofing and Restoration.
Habitat for Humanity is now building all their homes ADA in accordance with long-term living in mind for families. For now, Collins imagines what moving into their forever home would look like.
“It’s very humiliating. I’m just so grateful for everything my family has been blessed with,” Collins said.
If you’d like to volunteer for upcoming Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity builds, click here for their schedule of future events and the application form.
The Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project is a nationwide effort to show gratitude and honor the veterans who have served our country and the families who support them. Since the start of this program in 2016, more than 250 soldiers have been given new roofs.