Rifle High School Bears football team helps build Habitat duplex in Silt
Citizen Telegram Editor
SILT – Instead of running pass routes and hitting the blocking sleds, 11 members of the Rifle High School football team spent six hours on Saturday, Aug. 10, running saws through two-by-fours and hitting nails with hammers.
The team donated more than 150 sweat equity hours to two families through a Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley “team build” day in Silt. For the Habitat organization, “team” stands for “Together Everyone Achieves More.”
“A lot of people come watch our games and support us through each season,” said senior Clinton Farr during lunch break. “So we wanted to do something to support the community and thank them.”
Farr’s mother, Geneva Farr, volunteer coordinator and family services director for the local Habitat group, said in an email that she asked some of the players at a team breakfast: “‘In the four years you have been in the program, what has the team done together to give back to the local communities?’ They laughed and said, ‘We went to state for our community,’ ‘We handed out Bears Cards,’ ‘We aerated lawns’,” Farr wrote.
Farr said she then asked how many had ever volunteered locally and one or two hands went up.
“Their eyes lit up when they learned about the two newest families that were selected to earn a Habitat home and they could help them out,” Farr wrote.
The day was the first time the Rifle football team had participated in something to help the community, Clinton Farr said.
Senior Wyatt Kinion said the day helped the team bond, too, in an event outside football or school.
Building supervisor Rick Farr said work on the 1,350-square-foot duplex at 1445 and 1455 Orchard Ave. began in June, and it usually takes 10 to 12 months to finish a project.
“We like to finish the framing in the summer, do the sheet rock inside in the winter and the landscaping in the spring,” he added.
The site was a former Housing Now project and is in the Stevens Park West subdivision, Rick Farr said. The local Habitat group owns six lots in the project and recently acquired another six in Silt, he added. Habitat homes are also in Carbondale, Rifle and Parachute, Rick Farr noted.
“It’s great to have youth come out and do something like this,” he said. “It’s a learning thing for them, since they get an idea of the skills you need, and they help others. They’re really sharp, too. You tell them something once or twice and they’re good to go.”
One of the homeowners, Liliana Carrillo, has been a kindergarten teacher at Cactus Valley Elementary School in Silt for four years. She learned about the local Habitat group through the husband of a fellow teacher.
“We filled out the forms but really didn’t expect to be chosen,” she said. “It was a really easy process. We’re just so grateful. It gives you a warm feeling inside.”
Carrillo is a single mother with a 10-year-old daughter, Maryann, who is looking forward to having a yard and wants a dog.
“She wants to be an interior designer, too,” Carrillo said with a smile.
The other duplex owners, Yuri and Michelle Lincicome, now rent in New Castle. Yuri Lincicome heard about the local Habitat group on the radio, Michelle Lincicome said. The couple has three children: Grant, 16; Sydney, 15; and Jordan, 13.
“It’s been amazing,” Michelle Lincicome said by phone on Aug. 13. “We met so many great people through this process. I didn’t even know there was a local Habitat group. And it’s brought us closer as a family. Now, our three teenage children have a chance to go to college. Before, it didn’t look good.”
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