An experienced builder has been named the new director of Montezuma County Habitat for Humanity.
Dan Moseley was promoted to lead the nonprofit, which builds affordable homes for local low income families. He has been working as Habitat’s construction supervisor since July, and will continue in that role.
Moseley has a long career in the construction trades. He has a degree in technical management, worked as the facility manager for Montrose County for six years, and as a construction manager for Ennovate Engineering. He was also an electrician instructor for the San Carlos Apache Institute, and provided training for various mining operations.
“I’m getting up to speed on the director side of things, lining up volunteers and preparing to build our next house,” he said. “We are continuing on like we have been.”
Moseley thought he “retired” in 2018, then found inspiration working for Habitat for Humanity.
“I like the charitable aspect and their slogan that people need a hand up, not a hand out,” he said. “It is nice to see a family purchase a home who otherwise may not have been able to. It provides that stability for children to grow up in.”
Habitat renovates or builds affordable homes for qualified low-income families who invest 200 hours of sweat equity into renovation or building of a new home.
Families pay a monthly mortgage payment, usually $525 to $675 per month, but with 0% interest and no down payment.
Montezuma County Habitat acquired 12 lots at Sedona Estates subdivision in Cortez from an anonymous donor. So far, families have moved into two homes Habitat built there, and a third will be built this year.
“He was instrumental in making the 2019 home build in Cortez a success,” the Habitat board said in a press release. “Moseley brings a mix of experience and expertise, and the board is excited about his expanded role within our organization.”
There is an increased focus on energy efficiency this year, Moseley said, with energy-saving appliances and solar panels.
The new homeowners help with labor, and a network of local and national volunteers also helps out.
Habitat’s “RV Caravaners” cruise the country and donate their time and construction skills to Habitat homes, including in Cortez, Moseley said. Americorp also provides volunteers.
A Brush with Kindness, Habitat’s home maintenance program for the elderly, disabled and others also is continuing. Projects include yardwork, cleanup, painting, minor repairs and handrails and wheelchair ramps.
“It is on our agenda to reach out more to community members needing this help,” Moseley said.
The Habitat ReStore, 6786 U.S. Highway 160 in Cortez, sells donated furniture and building materials to help fund operations. To donate, call (970) 565-8327.
For information about Montezuma County Habitat for Humanity or to apply for the home ownership program, visit habitatmontezuma.org, or call (970) 565-8312.