Alamosa homeowner Connie Tabeling is totally surprised to find out she is the 2012 recipient of the Century Property Management Home Makeover. Liz Tabeling Garcia, center, nominated her. At right is Holly Coleman, project coordinator for the makeover.
Photo by Ruth Heide
ALAMOSA — Connie Tabeling thought lunch was being delivered when she received a knock on her door at noon yesterday.
She opened the door to lunch — and the entire Century Property Management Home Makeover team — who revealed that she would be the recipient of the 9th Annual Home Makeover.
“I am speechless,” Connie said. “I thought I was just going to get lunch.”
She said she had seen similar home makeovers on television but never would have expected to be the recipient herself.
Family member Liz Tabeling Garcia nominated Connie for the makeover this year.
“We got a number of applicants and every year it’s getting a little harder to make that choice,” said Ron Seybold, member of the makeover team.
“We are always looking for a person in need, whether or not they know they need it.”
Seybold added that the home repairs must also fit into the scope of vendors available to Century Property Management.
“I think she’s a good candidate for what we want to do,” Seybold said.
The vendors have always been cooperative and generous in making these annual makeovers possible, he added.
He said Century Property Management, under the direction of Darlene McCarroll, manages more than 400 properties, so it does a fair amount of business with its vendors.
“We look at this as an opportunity not only to give back to them but our vendors do give back to the community. Darlene is a very giving person and we are finding our vendors are very giving. This is a good time of year to give back.”
Connie was unaware she was even in the running for this year’s makeover.
Struggling now with limited vision, Connie is retired and living on a fixed income in an adobe house that is literally as old as she is. She and her 13 siblings were raised in the same house she lives in now on West Avenue in Alamosa.
“This is my family home,” said the 79-year-old Alamosan. “I was born and raised here.”
Her father built the adobe home in about 1933-1934 and raised 14 children in its three rooms. After Connie’s mother died when she was 6, her father remarried so there were seven of the original family plus seven half brothers and sisters. After Connie married and began raising her own three children, the house was expanded a bit but is still relatively compact. The house did not get indoor plumbing until the early 1960’s.
Connie has never stopped raising children and now cares for her great grandson a couple of days a week.
Although Connie keeps up her home well, it is showing its age with cracks in the ceilings, walls and floors. Makeover plans include carpet and other flooring, paint, repairs and the renovation of the small bathroom to make it handicap accessible. A back door, which is currently unusable, will also be fixed. Windows will also be replaced. Some exterior work will also be completed.
The physical makeover will begin Monday, and Connie will be back in her home before Christmas. Because her family will have to relocate her in the next few days, the Home Makeover team provided Thanksgiving dinner fixings for the family on Monday so they wouldn’t have to worry about that in the middle of the temporary relocation.