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Project Opportunity - a unique partnership among the Lennar Family of Builders, Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity - has come to Denver, Colo. The partners, with the aid of local Special Olympics athletes, are constructing a new home at 3800 High Street in the Cole neighborhood of Denver for Rosa and Cornelio Baltierra and their three children, Angelica, 11, Adrian, 14 and Ricardo, 17. In a one-week blitz-style build that began Saturday, a functional three-bedroom home is being built for the family, who for the past two years have lived with relatives in a small basement without kitchen facilities, adequate storage space or reliable heating. Qualified through Habitat for Humanity, Rosa and Cornelio have worked every Saturday this summer to help accrue their 500 required sweat equity hours in addition to saving the required $1,000 down payment. The couple, along with 17-year-old son Ricardo, are toiling alongside local Special Olympics athletes and other volunteers from Lennar and Habitat for Humanity each day to complete the home by Sunday, August 22. Project Opportunity, the brainchild of Lennar Chief Operating Officer Robert Strudler who worked alongside Special Olympics athletes during the Jimmy Carter Work Project in 1998, has constructed 16 homes for needy families, many with disabilities, since 1999.

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