Donation makes new home a reality for Vietnam veteran

Phil Castle, The Business Times

A military veteran living on a limited income has a new home to call his own thanks to the efforts of Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County and Golden Villa Homes.

Amy Rogers

“It’s just a cool thing,” said Amy Rogers, the executive director of Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity provided a lot, while Golden Villa Homes provided a  modular home at what Rogers called a “really affordable price.” Moreover, Golden Villa Homes donated 17 percent of the price of the home to further reduce the cost, she said.

The modular home includes three bedrooms and has an Energy Star rating for energy efficiency, Rogers said.

The Grand Junction-based company was able to take advantage of state tax credits in making the gift, Rogers said.

The end result for a Vietnam veteran Rogers identified only as Cliff is a new home with monthly mortgage payments that are $100 less than what he had been paying for rent.

While the lot was too small to accommodate a traditional home, the modular home works well there, Rogers said.

 “The guy needed a house and we were able to do it,” she added.

Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County builds or renovates homes in partnership with families who qualify for home ownership based on need, an ability to repay a no-interest mortgage and a willingness to donate time and labor to the organization. For more information, visit the Web site at

Golden Villa Homes builds, sells and installs a variety of manufactured and modular homes in Colorado, Wyoming and Eastern Utah. For more information, visit

Phil Castle is editor of the Grand Valley Business Times, a twice-monthly business journal published in Grand Junction. Castle brings to his duties nearly 30 years of experience in editorial management positions with Western Colorado newspapers. In addition, his free-lance work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Washington Post. He holds a bachelor's degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University.
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