While 218 volunteers from Habitat for Humanity and Home Depot recently converged on the former Lofthouse motel in Woodland Park, more than 100 volunteers from the “Home Depot Foundation” were putting the finishing touches on the complete renovation of the VFW Lodge on Highway 67.
This represented an unprecedented local effort in providing volunteer work in resurrecting two ailing structures.
The historic lodge building underwent a massive remodel. Originally built around 1935, the building has served a variety of purposes, from Grange Hall to church meetings, and for the last 10 years has been owned by the VFW. (Veterans of Foreign Wars)
Long before the Home Depot volunteers arrived, DMI Builders, a Woodland Park custom home and remodel company, was busy preparing the building for the final push to completion. DMI Builders did the initial tear out, hung new drywall, scraped the exterior paint, dug post holes, and other tasks.
The building was completely rewired, the old drywall was torn out and replaced, exterior walls were insulated, a complete inside and out paint job was done, and the foundation was stabilized.
The Home Depot volunteers donated four hours of their time and experience to put the finishing touches on the remodel.
New amenities to the building included installing a heating system and hot water. In addition, fencing, a new patio, a playground, and picnic area were added to the property.
The entire project was completely funded by Home Depot. The “Home Depot Foundation” has been providing funding for veterans projects for many years. Home Depot has pledged its support to veteran non-profit groups around the country and since 2012 has donated over $10 million to veteran projects.
According to Teller County Commission Chairman Norm Steen, who is an Army veteran himself, the estimated value of the work they did recently on the two projects combined (the VFW and the Lofthouse) has exceeded a $300,000 value.
When the work was completed, Andy Tyler, VFW Post 6051 Commander dedicated the building, giving a speech and conducting the flag raising ceremony.