Dory Family Home Building Volunteers

Dory Family Home Building Volunteers

About This Campaign

Volunteers are the very foundation of Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley! Each year, over a thousand individuals in our community come together to help build homes with our partner families.

Come help build an affordable home with the Dory Family!

Meet the Dory Family

Describing himself as a positive person, 44-year-old Assaf Dory has fought to sustain hope over the past 14 years. He spent his thirties either in a hospital or bedridden. On December 15, 2001, while working as a Deputy in Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Largo, Florida, Assaf shattered his leg when chasing a teenager who was shooting at cars. His initial injury escalated, resulting eventually in 30 surgeries and the amputation of his right leg. “I went from 150 miles per hour to zero,” Assaf says.

By 2011, forced by medical expenses to declare bankruptcy, the Assaf family had lost everything. Assaf’s wife Sigal Weinfeld-Dory had been an acupuncture physician and real estate investor before leaving work to become the primary caretaker for Assaf and the younger two of their four children, 16-year-old Raam and six-year-old Mechal.

In July of 2011, the family was en route to Oregon, where they hoped to begin fresh, when they stopped to visit friends in Aspen. It was then that their fortunes changed. They signed a lease on a rental house in Woody Creek July 8, six days after arriving in the Roaring Fork Valley. “There’s something about this valley,” Assaf explains. You see the nice side of human beings, and we knew we were in the right place.”

The right place for the Dory family will soon be the first Habitat for Humanity home to be constructed in Basalt. Encouraged by his academic advisor at Colorado Mountain College to apply for a Habitat home, Assaf finally agreed. A committee appointed by the Town of Basalt, with input from Habitat staff, selected the Dory Family, but it took time for Assaf to believe that it was real. “I told Sigal that I don’t know what it’s like to win a lottery ticket, but I think this is what it must feel like.”

As is the case with every Habitat family, Assaf, Sigal, and their children are investing sweat equity, helping to build their new home. In addition to Assaf's work on the house, while standing on his prosthetic leg, Sigal and Raam are providing hands-on labor in the construction. Assaf also volunteers at the Basalt ReStore on Fridays, and helps staff the Habitat booth every Sunday at the Basalt Farmer's Market.

Donating a vacant lot where a small community garden had been located, the Town of Basalt teamed with Habitat to make the Dory home on Homestead Drive a reality. Three Basalt companies have major roles in the house. Mary Holley of MA2 Architects designed it, Jack Albright of Albright and Associates did the engineering, and Terrain Land Architects is responsible for the landscaping.

Mary designed the 1,575 square foot house around Assaf’s special needs. It has, for example, wider and shallower steps so he can navigate the stairs of the two-story house with a prosthetic, railings in the shower stall enabling him to get into it without hopping, and a one-car garage on the same level as the dwelling.

But for Assaf, the house represents much more than a home. He says, “I’m getting my life back.”

Location / Venue

  • Address:
  • 213 E. Homestead Drive
  • Basalt, Colorado
  • 81621, USA
Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley

Campaign to Support Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley

The Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley provides an option for low income families who otherwise would not be able to afford a simple decent home of their own, using conventional or low interest loans. Homes are sold with an affordable mortgage; monthly payments based on 29% of the household income are paid to Habitat. Monthly mortgage payments go into a revolving "Fund for Humanity" that is used to build more houses. 


Additional funding comes from tax-deductible donations of money and materials. Volunteers provide much of the construction labor, working alongside partner families. Habitat for Humanity is a hand-up not a hand-out. Partner families invest 250 hours of their own labor - sweat equity - into building their home and the homes of others alongside of volunteers and the Habitat construction team. 

As a result, the following program outcomes are produced: • Habitat brings the community of need together with the contributors, supporters, pre-qualified homeowners, and volunteers to build a better community by eliminating poverty housing. • Habitat provides families with a stable and growing base of financial security.• Habitat provides a permanent and lasting solution to a family's housing crisis.  • Habitat for Humanity is a movement of people who build more than houses. By bringing homeowners together with volunteers, donors, community leaders, foundations, churches, and hundreds of other supporters, Habitat builds stable families, safe neighborhoods, and caring communities.• Habitat helps to break the cycle of poverty by giving families the opportunity to become self-sufficient through home-ownership.

Volunteer Participant Hours Pledged
Dezarae Lee
Dezarae Lee
6
Anonymous
Anonymous
3
carrington Brown
carrington Brown
6
Isaac Musselman
Isaac Musselman
6
Anonymous
Anonymous
6
Eric Musselman
Eric Musselman
6
Matt Mullally
Matt Mullally
6
Lisa Mack
Lisa Mack
6
Andy Rossello
Andy Rossello
N/A
Brenda Southward
Brenda Southward
6
Amy French
Amy French
2
Anonymous
Anonymous
N/A
carrington Brown
carrington Brown
12
Cindy Zheng
Cindy Zheng
6
carrington Brown
carrington Brown
6
carrington Brown
carrington Brown
12
Roshni Slali
Roshni Slali
6
Jarrett Workman
Jarrett Workman
6
Jarrett Workman
Jarrett Workman
6
Mark Forkey
Mark Forkey
6
Heather Steenge-Hart
Heather Steenge-Hart
6
Jessica Johnson
Jessica Johnson
6
Andrea Diedesch
Andrea Diedesch
6
Chris Mullally
Chris Mullally
6
Zane Mullally
Zane Mullally
6
Zamira Mullally
Zamira Mullally
6
Daniel Barnes
Daniel Barnes
6
Asha Macwana
Asha Macwana
6
Serena Johnson
Serena Johnson
6
Zane Mullally
Zane Mullally
6
Daniel Lee
Daniel Lee
6
Alberto Carballo
Alberto Carballo
6
carrington Brown
carrington Brown
6
Lauren Myatt
Lauren Myatt
6
Henning Rahm
Henning Rahm
6
Bryan Chochon
Bryan Chochon
6
Jared Houghton
Jared Houghton
6
nicholas jacobson
nicholas jacobson
6
Daniel Barnes
Daniel Barnes
6
carrington brown
carrington brown
18
Steve Paul
Steve Paul
6
carrington brown
carrington brown
18
Denise Tomaskovic
Denise Tomaskovic
3
Erin Danneker
Erin Danneker
6
Richard Camp
Richard Camp
6
Ryan Camp
Ryan Camp
6
Ernie Mack
Ernie Mack
6
Aaron Munch
Aaron Munch
6
Robi Darcy
Robi Darcy
3
Teri Bruna
Teri Bruna
6
Greg DeRosa
Greg DeRosa
6
carrington brown
carrington brown
18
DeeDee Kieber
DeeDee Kieber
6
Tanja Duffey
Tanja Duffey
6
Greg Knott
Greg Knott
6
Brian Lemke
Brian Lemke
9
carrington brown
carrington brown
18
Maria Palomera
Maria Palomera
12
Amanda Wagner
Amanda Wagner
3
Eghe Ehiman
Eghe Ehiman
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St. Regis Aspen

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