Montrose Couple Hopes Wedding Gift That Will Help Others Helps Them

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

When many couples get married, they ask for things like kitchen supplies, bed sheets, and other items for around the house. But one Montrose bride and groom to be are asking for something a little different -- something that could help them, but help many others in the end.

After two happy years together, Mandy Spencer and Joe Miller are set to say their "I do's."

"She's perfect," said Miller. "I've never met anybody else in my entire life that I actually want to spend this much time with."

The two are getting married in September and say they can't wait to get started with their new life together -- a life they hope will begin with a new place to live -- but not just any place.

"We saw the house, pulled over, and spent our last hundred dollars for that week," said Spencer.

Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County is raffling off a 2,300 square foot home on South 2nd Street, with tickets going for $100 a pop.

"It would be perfect for somebody who's in our situation that can't really afford to buy their own house right now," said Miller.

So perfect, they say, that they've asked their wedding guests to buy them raffle tickets rather than things they registered for.

"After we saw that house, we figured all that other stuff is just stuff we really don't need," said Spencer.

Habitat is selling 2,500 tickets, equaling the home's appraised value of $250,000 -- all in hopes of raising enough money to buy new land for more Habitat projects.

"One in twenty-five hundred, that's better than the lottery," said Spencer. "You gotta take a chance on it."

The couple says it would be the best wedding present ever --

"It's the American Dream," said Miller. "Have a little bit of stability where you can raise a family."

-- Even if they don't end up winning.

"It still goes to a good cause regardless," said Miller. "If we don't get the house, it will help Habitat for Humanity build a house for someone else."

But that's not to say they wouldn't enjoy it if they did win.

"I'd probably cheer, then realize she's not standing up anymore," said Miller.

Habitat for Humanity says it's sold a little more than 900 tickets so far. Officials say the raffle will take place October 15 or whenever all the tickets are sold -- whichever comes first.

Tickets can be purchased at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store on North 4th Street, or during open houses at the house which take place every Sunday from 10am - 3pm. The house is located at 925 South 2nd Street.


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