CURRENT HOME PROJECTS
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 began vertical construction in 2021.
Meet our homeowners at Arroyo Crossing!
Hello my name is Melanie. I am a single mother to a beautiful, sassy young lady Kylie. Kylie is a freshman in high school. She plays the trombone and is in the marching band, Honors Society and Honors English. I am working on my bachelors degree in Psychology, working towards being a social worker.
I was born in Price Utah but lived in Green River until I was 4. My family moved to Wellington Utah, and from there we moved to Price. My mom remarried when I was 7 years old and that brought me to Moab. I have lived here for 30 years. My daughter was born here.
We have two free roam rabbits named Ruth and Stormy. Ruth is a 4 year old female and Stormy is a 4 year old male. My daughter has two 10 month old female bonded guinea pigs named Nugget and Heroine. They are our furry family.
My daughter and I love to go to concerts, that is where we really bond. We love to explore haunting places, and Halloween is our favorite time of year. We love to have veg nights where we watch movies all weekend and veg out on junk food. Our household is full of fun and chaos and there is never a dull moment.
I grew up in Colorado, where my family was in agriculture. As an adult, I have lived and traveled around the country, at times calling Oregon and Arizona home while working in the mountain bike industry. I first made Moab a seasonal home when I arrived in 2013 to work as a mountain bike guide. After spending a couple of spring and fall seasons here, in 2016, I decided to make Moab a full-time home. Shortly after that, I went back to school to pursue a career as a nurse. I now work as an RN at Moab Regional Hospital. Initially, Moab’s mountain biking and beautiful landscape made me fall in love with the area. It is Moab’s amazing community of people that made me want to call it home. I feel so blessed to serve my community as a nurse and for the amazing opportunity to build a beautiful home that I can call my own.
Harrison was born in Shiprock and is a US Army Veteran. After his service, moved to Blanding and spent time on the Navajo Reservation. He raised two beautiful daughters; Tontasha and Tonisha. At this point, Harrison doesn’t have strong connections to the tribal land because he’s been gone so long. He feels Moab is his home. His father wanted to shield him from the tribal politics, so he was raised in Blanding. He began working in Moab at Rim Cyclery, Moab’s first bike shop, and he has been commuting each day from Blanding to work for over twenty years.
Harrison has belives that we should share space civilly. It takes all of us to make a house, to make a dream come true. It takes all of us to win a war. On the Navajo Reservation, Harrison participated in a work program to go out and build homes for the community by hand, with no power tools. Harrison was taught growing up, that your front door should face east, as the first light comes up it shines into your house. Building with nature in mind. His dad was a carpenter and taught Harrison many things. The Reservation had no power, water, or sewer. His father-in-law worked to bring infrastructure to the reservation.
Harrison is so glad to be a part of building a house with Community Rebuilds and is excited to be a part of a community that makes it happen. Harrison understands that it takes a community.
In 2018 I moved to Moab for what I thought was a temporary, seasonal gig - with the plan to return to Minnesota in the fall. But like so many others who have found themselves here, I quickly realized that I wanted to explore this part of the world for a long, long time. I’m grateful to be able to live here with my two boys (twin black cats), I’m grateful for my job that keeps me outside and in nature, and I’m grateful for the vibrant, creative, and engaging community that I love so much.
Tamara is excited to get started on her Community Rebuilds House in Arroyo Crossing! She adores the desert landscape, solitude, and appreciates being so close to the splendorous beauty of this area. Tamara has been teaching violin, viola, and cello for many years in private and group lessons. She has been running the Beacon String Program for over 5 years, and in 2020 she began teaching general music to the students of the Moab Charter School. She also travels to play with the Arizona Opera and the San Juan Symphony in Durango, CO.
Tamara enjoys playing diverse styles of music and plays in Quicksand Soup, The Nanites, and the Moab Community Dance Band, as well as weddings and special events all over the area in the outdoors. While she’s not living music Tamara likes to ride horses, read real oldschool books that have paper pages, learn new jokes from kids, float on the river, and hike.
Hello, my name is Carmelita Jimenez and I just became a first time homeowner! I'm Moab grown and the fifth generation of my family in this red rock valley. I have a 13 year old dog named Blossom who is also from Moab adopted from the humane society when she was 6. Ever since I bailed her out we have enjoyed playing in the river and exploring all the amazing trails Moab has to offer. I've traveled far and wide but Moab has always called me back. I currently work in the service industry discovering new dreams and goals everyday.
Katie moved to Moab almost 4 years ago and fell in love with the landscape and the community. She worked as a full time river guide in Arizona, Utah and Idaho before settling down in Moab with her 3 year old son Bodhi. Now, Katie has her own massage therapy practice, works for Moab Montessori and manages logistics for Canyons River Company. She and Bodhi go on as many adventures as possible, mountain biking, river running and hiking. Katie is over-the-moon to be building her first home here in Moab with Community Rebuilds!
Cara grew up in Northeastern Ohio and spent time in South Carolina and the front range of Colorado before moving to Moab in 2018. Her passion for desert ecology and Moab’s geology brought her to work with the USGS. She enjoys mountain biking, skiing and splitboarding in the La Sals, hiking, running, and backpacking. She is excited build a house with community rebuilds and make Moab her home.