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Cindi Galabota receives Habitat award

Archuleta County’s Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Cindi Galabota was honored last month as Colorado’s Executive Director of the Year.

With 30 Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Colorado building safe, decent, affordable homes for low income families throughout the state, the competition was stiff. Fortunately, Galabota rose to the top.

Providing community support letters from Pagosa Springs Mayor Ross Aragon and County Commissioner Clifford Lucero (amongst others), the award letter included the words, “The recipient of the award had to embody the quote ‘The dreams that you dare to dream really do come true’ by E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen.”

“Overwhelmingly the choice was Cindi,” said Stefka Fanchi, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Colorado.

Galabota has been the executive director with Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County since March of 2007. In the past four years, she has helped build six Habitat houses, helping more than 25 people find simple, decent home ownership. As one community support letter stated, “Cindi is the type of person who is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get right to work, side by side with anyone.”

“We live in such a supportive community, here in Pagosa Springs. I am extremely lucky to work with so many caring people, from the volunteers who pound nails to the businesses who provide labor and materials. I have made many great friends in our partner families. I am truly blessed and I thank everyone who helped me achieve this award,” said Galabota.

The mission of Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County is to build confidence; strong ties between compassionate volunteers and new home owners; a richer community through shared hope and common effort amongst caring people of all faiths; and simple, decent, affordable houses for families in need.

Anyone interested in volunteering with or donating to Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County, call the office at 264-6960.

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