Who Do We Serve?
Jackson, WY and the Greater Teton Area are home to a close-knit community, active lifestyles, and stunning landscapes. Our town is a vibrant and diverse collection of individuals who have a passion for where they live, but for many, housing is a challenge. The need ranges from seasonal employees who seek affordable, short-term rentals to long-time residents working in our community who want to enjoy the stability and benefits of homeownership. Habitat homeowners work jobs in Teton and Lincoln County that are vital to the framework of this community. Current Habitat homeowner jobs include librarians, nonprofit workers, teachers, health care assistants, hospital janitors, bookkeepers, construction workers, technology assistants, and pharmacist associates. Here are some of their stories.
The Ojedas, Alpine Meadows, 2017
The Ojedas have been members of the Alpine community for over eight years and absolutely love it. Unfortunately, the modular home where they currently live was relocated a few years back causing unrepairable damage to the walls and roof generating increasingly unsafe conditions. Now happy parents of two beautiful children they knew they had to find a solution and Habitat was the answer. “We have always wanted to give our children a stable and safe home to grow in and make memories of their own. Having this opportunity to build and buy a Habitat home has had a huge impact in our life. We will forever be grateful for what Habitat for Humanity has done for our family.”
The Robertsons, Alpine Meadows, 2017
The Robertsons joined the Alpine community 2013 but have quickly outgrown their small two bedroom apartment. The Robertsons have spent many hours volunteering on previous Habitat projects and we overjoyed at being selected after four application attempts. “Our children are as excited as we are that we get to build our very own home. As parents, we are grateful that we will have a permanent home to raise our dear family. We are also grateful for the opportunity to learn how to build and to continue to care for our home. We feel so humbled and grateful for this huge blessing and privilege.”
The Silvas, Daisy Bush, 2015
A native of Jackson, Meredith Silva is the proud mother of three children. The instability caused by constant rent hikes and rental properties being sold out from underneath them created deep anxiety for the entire family. Additionally, her youngest child had to face severe health challenges during this time. Now, they have secure housing, a feeling of community in their new neighborhood and a shared play area for all the children. “Seeing our home come to life in the eyes of my children is priceless.”
The Jimenezes, Daisy Bush, 2015
The Jimenez family has called Jackson home for 12 years. Before receiving the keys to their Habitat home, the Jimenez family lived in a small, one bedroom house. The two teenagers shared a space in the hallway while the parents and youngest daughter shared the bedroom. With poor insulation, the utilities bills sky rocketed in the winter and the family was often forced to turn off the heat leaving the family cold. “We are thankful to all the donors and the people who helped contribute their little grain of sand to make families as happy as we are, and who unite their efforts with Habitat to makes dreams become a reality.”
The Wolfgangs, Teton Village, 2013
Before becoming Habitat homeowners the Wolfgangs were part of the Jackson community for over nine years. Their two bedroom apartment was situated above a construction yard off of busy Hwy 89. Once their twins came along the concern of the apartment’s unsafe landscape doubled, yet lack of appropriately sized and priced housing was hard to find. A Habitat home was the answer. “It has meant so much to me and my family to see the community come together to help build our beautiful home that we can spends our lives in and raise our children in. Owning a Habitat home was the only way our family could remain in our community that we love so much. We are so appreciative.”