Say hello to our first four homeowners at Arroyo Crossing! Community Rebuilds is partnering with the Moab Area Community Land Trust (MACLT), a fellow community-based affordable housing non-profit, to create twelve affordable homes at their new Arroyo Crossing development. Once finished, the development will provide 300 affordable housing units, three community buildings, a bike path, and a childcare center. To learn more about Arroyo Crossing and the Community Land Trust visit the MACLT page here. Community Rebuilds begins vertical construction in 2021.
Alex de Moor | Moab, Winter 2021
A native of South Africa, Alex moved a lot before finding himself on the Colorado Plateau. After studying Tsunamis and Earthquakes in Oregon he realized that the coast was a terrifying place and, after being offered a job at Canyonlands Field Institute in 2016, moved to the beautiful (and mostly tectonically stable) Moab. He continues to work at CFI as the Education Director and, much like an underdog rescue puppy, is ready for his forever home. You can usually find him talking about rocks on the river, on his bike, or with a fly rod in his hand to any and all that will listen.
Brennan Patrick Gillis | Moab, Winter 2021
Brennan Patrick Gillis has been dreaming of homeownership since he built his first Lego cabin. While Legos are an impractical building material in the Moab area, he is still excited to be working with Community Rebuilds. He enjoys boating, reading, exploring, and darts. Brennan can usually be found trail running, checking for bugs under a rock, or in the KZMU radio booth. Periodically, he gets lost in canyons. He has even been known to engage chickens in staring contests, but he usually loses.
Janis Adkins | Moab, Winter 2021
My name is Janis. I came here in 1990 to climb, raft, and hike. And just stayed. It’s so easy to fall in love with the quiet beauty, the solitude and all the extremes of the place. But then there is this amazing supportive community of friends. You blow me away with your kindness.
My background is plants, I worked at nurseries most of my life, then I started one here. The nursery was a mixture of native and non-native drought tolerant plants. We had many demo gardens and plans for many more. The economy crashed in ‘08’ and I could not hold on. I moved away for a bit, but the rocks and canyons and the community of Moab called me back over and over. I could not say no. Moab you have my heart and always will.
I am semi-retired now and work at Moonflower Community Co-op. My background in plants took me on a journey of herbal studies and healing. It’s one of the many ways I like to give back to the community that’s always given to me. Thank you Moab.
Thank you to Community Rebuilds in helping me land on my feet again. Blessings to all.