Our Mission

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.


Welcome to Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity

Click here for 2016 Construction Updates (or go to Construction Projects 2016)

Check out the ReStore Website (or go to http://chaffeehabitat-restore.org)

Community is the coming together of people to prevail.  This is just what happens through Habitat for Humanity every day.  People come together to realize a better world by creating dignity through affordable housing.  Annually in Chaffee County three hundred people come together by volunteering over 10,000 hours to recycle, reuse, reduce, and rebuild through ReStore and construct, support, educate, and persevere in the creation of affordable homes in partnership with local families.

You are invited to get involved in this transformational community. Everybody is welcome!

May your day be blessed,
Jill Smola Executive Director

Position Opening: ReStore Manager

Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity seeking ReStore Manager with excellent financial management, organizational, interpersonal and team building skills to run retail store in Buena Vista. Competitive salary plus bonus. Benefit stipend.

Submit cover letter, resume, and list of professional references to:
Jill Smola, Executive Director
Email to info@chaffeehabitat.org or mail to PO Box 4936, Buena Vista, CO 81211.

Deadline: October 28, 2016

Click here for full job description.

2016 Women Build

women-build-logo-4What is Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build? The Women Build is a Habitat for Humanity program for women who want to learn construction skills and build homes and communities. This program brings together women from all walks of life to address the housing crisis facing millions of women and children worldwide. No experience is necessary!

During the Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity’s 2016 Women Build, we worked at the duplexes located at 124 and 126 Starbuck Circle in Salida. The group spent the two days working on interior painting, drywall texturing and exterior landscaping of the projects. The ladies had a great time, learned new construction skills and made a significant contribution towards affordable housing in Chaffee County. The Buena Vista Christian Science Church provided a delicious lunch on Saturday. Each attendee received a Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity t-shirt and Women Build tote bag.

Would you like to be part of this
exciting, life-changing opportunity?

Start planning now to join us at the 2017 Women’s Build!
Dates will be announced in the spring & remember–


3rd Annual Mac & Cheese Bake-Off and Silent Auction

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Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce the results of their 3rd Annual Mac & Cheese Bake-Off Fundraiser held at the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort Pavilion on Thursday, July 28, 2016. More than 175 people were in attendance and $7,000 was raised at this fundraising event to benefit the affordable housing cause in Chaffee County. We would like to thank everyone that contributed to the success of the 3rd Annual Mac & Cheese Bake-Off!

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Brett Boren, Mt Princeton Banquet Chef

Jennifer Garcia Individual Winner

Jennifer Garcia Individual Winner

Three competitors in the restaurant category and 13 in the individual category vied for the people’s choice. First place in each category was awarded a $75 Visa gift card and a first place certificate. For the attendees, there was an amazing assortment of macaroni and cheese recipes to sample. The variety ranged from soup to main dishes. After counting the votes, Brett Boren, banquet chef at Mt. Princeton, was selected in the restaurant category and Jennifer Garcia was selected in the individual category as the 2016 Mac & Cheese Bake-Off Champions.

Congratulations Brett and Jennifer!

The silent auction was also a great success. The auction was comprised of more than 40 items donated by individuals, local artists, and several Chaffee County businesses. Some of the items included rafting trips, resort packages, gift cards, jewelry, and artwork. Additionally, the auction included a set of hand-made Adirondack furniture made by students enrolled in the carpentry program at the Crowley County Correctional Facility.

Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity, would especially like to recognize the following event sponsors:

  • Title Sponsor: Dan Cooper Century 21 Summit Realty
  • Platinum Sponsors: ReconInsight, Larry T. King
  • Gold Sponsors: Central Colorado Title and Escrow, Edward Jones, The Lively Merchant, PSH Signs
  • Silver Sponsors: Molly Shethar, Butala
  • Bronze Sponsors: Colorado East, Sangre De Cristo, Colleen and Tom Rollings

We would like to thank Mt. Princeton Hot Springs for their hospitality during the event and Leo Accaira and Central Colorado Sound for the donation of sound system services. Elevation Beer Co., Vino Salida and Little Daisy also generously donated beverages for this event. Additionally, we would like to thank the volunteers, summer interns, staff and Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity board members. This event was a success because of the hard work, generosity, dedication and support of our local community. Start planning now for the 2017 Mac & Cheese Bake-Off!

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Bike & Build Teams Help Out at Starbuck Build
More than 60 riders assist on Starbucks build

Two groups comprised of more than sixty dedicated young adults embarked on a life-changing journey with the Bike & Build Organization. The first group of cyclists left Nags Head, North Carolina on May 15th heading towards their final destination of San Diego, California.
The second group departed from New Haven, Connecticut on June 2nd and will arrive at their endpoint of Half Moon Bay, California on August 14th. Combined, these two teams ride 7,655 miles, visit multiple communities and fund-raise,while working towards their mission to benefit affordable housing and empower young adults for a lifetime of service and civic engagement.
Their hard work, compassion, and dedication to the affordable housing cause are greatly appreciated and admired throughout the United States. Follow your favorite 2016 Bike and Build teams at www.bikeandbuild.org/follow-2016-trips/.

Chaffee County was designated as a build stop by each of these groups. This year the teams worked at the 124/126 Starbuck Circle construction site in Salida. The NC2SD team arrived in Buena Vista on June 30th and spent July 1st at the build site. The CT2CA team rode into Salida on July 16th and worked at the site on July 17th. Each team rode into the valley with the purpose of assisting Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity in providing decent, affordable housing in our community.

Chaffee County Students Hold Snack Drives for Habitat

Students from the Crest Academy & the Buena Vista High School Interact Club held snack drives for volunteers working at the CCHfH summer build site. Chaffee County certainly came together to support Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity in working towards their mission of bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

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 August 2016 Construction Updates: 124 & 126 Starbuck Circle, Salida

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We started the month with the DOW external foam when the first Bike and Build group arrived on the first of July. We finished building the front porches of both houses.
Additionally, we installed the soffit and fascia and currently the roofers are installing the shingles. We started the internal work including plumbing and  electrical work; one side of the duplex passed the inspections and the electrical work on the other side are still ongoing.
We are currently working on installing the ERV and we have installed the boots for the air ventilation on both houses. The stucco crew arrived several days ago and we dug trenches on the backside of the houses to prep for pouring the concrete in the driveway. We are also preparing to install the sheetrock and drywall.
We rely primarily on volunteers to help us build and could never accomplish our mission without their generosity. You can be a part of our efforts by contributing in one of three ways: 1by volunteering your time to building at the Starbuck Circle home site, 2by a monetary donation toward the building of homes, or by 3sponsorship of meals for the build site volunteers. Team Build Days are a great opportunity for a company to engage their employees in a positive team-building activity while tangibly giving back to the community.
For information, please contact CCHfH at 719-395-0482
or email coordinator@chaffeehabitat.org

 2016 Partner Families: Bowers & Marinucci

Support Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity; sign up for City Market Community Rewards!

Just a friendly reminder to choose Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity as your City Market Community Rewards Non-profit Organization; it’s free and easy! All you need to do is follow the below instructions to set up an account and choose CCHFH. Then each time you shop for groceries at City Market and use your Value Card, we earn rewards. The best part about this program is that it costs you absolutely nothing except the brief time to send this information. Please help raise our annual intake by doing this simple act right away. Thank you for supporting our effort to provide affordable housing in Chaffee County!

Visit www.citymarket.com & follow the steps below. For more information, click Customer Q & A.


Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity Builds

For 2016 Construction Updates, go to Projects 2016.

Please call (719) 395-0482 if you are interested in helping at the next build.

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Need Help?
CCHfH Office: 719-395-0482
ReStore: 719-966-6004

What’s New

* Women Build 2016
* 2016 Mac & Cheese Bake-Off and Silent Auction
* Bike & Build Returns to Chaffee County
* Construction Updates: August 2016
* 2016 Business Donor Updates



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