Meet Our Project Managers

Howard
HowardProject Manager
Howard has volunteered for Be the Gift since it began in 2008. He says, “Everyone seems to have a gap in their hearts that somehow needs to be filled. Helping a single mom family fills that gap in my heart knowing that I might have made a difference whether small or big in her family’s life. I enjoy serving others and believe that is what God calls us to do, all hearts benefit from serving. It humbles me to see their tears and joy from the given to the receiver and that’s pretty cool.”

Howard and his wife Dyana have been small business owners of a Masonry Construction business for 35+ years. They also run and operate a family owned storage facility in Loveland. They have been married 32 years and have three grown children and two grandsons. They both love to travel.

Christian Walter
Christian WalterProject Manager
Beloved son of God and follower of the King. Husband to my wonderful wife Evelyn for just over 10 years and father to 2 amazing daughters Elizabeth, 7, and Anna, 5.

In my “paid” career I spent 13 years in manufacturing followed by 5 years working for a residential remodel contractor in Virginia. Since then I’ve had the good fortune (and sacrifice and blessing of my wife!) to be stay-at-home dad to Elizabeth and Anna for a little over 6 years.

We moved to Colorado in the winter of 2010 and it was in the summer of 2011 when I heard about Be The Gift on the radio during a period in which I was looking for an opportunity to serve utilizing skills I got while working for the home remodeler. The first project I volunteered on was at Shannon’s Hope installing laminate flooring and I immediately felt a part of a group of like minded people who were having fun and sharing the love of Christ through home repair. And the rest is history!

As a stay-at-home dad with a spouse who earns a very good living, I have developed empathy and compassion for single moms. Quite frankly, I don’t know how they do all that they have to do…care for their children’s needs, laundry, grocery shopping, pay bills, care for their home,…and on top of it all earn a living. This is what fuels my desire to serve them and their children and make an effort to bless their lives by taking a few things off their to do lists.

Bill and Lynette
Bill and LynetteProject Manager
Bill and his dad own an equipment rental and Lynette is a teacher (of 5 year olds). We have been married for 30+ years and have 2 children, both raised in Littleton and grown up now. We live in the south metro area of Denver. We love to bike, hike and snowshoe! We’ve teamed up with another couple, Pam and Dale to manage the projects.

We first volunteered on a project and loved the work that was done! What a simple way to show God’s love to a person who really needs it! We find that joy every time we meet a new Single Mom and every time we finish a project. And, as a bonus we get to spend a day with friends.

It is so fulfilling to do some small things that will help someone else. Bill and Dale, especially have such a gift for this type of “handyman” work and a desire to bless others using those talents.

These single moms are kind of heroes to us! They’ve been raising kids and keeping everything together sometimes, for a long time. Our moms are so grateful and we see, as we talk and work with them – empowerment. Life doesn’t seem so overwhelming now that repairs have been made and one less worry has been taken away!

Del
DelBoard Member and Project Manager
Del is a retired public accountant having served the Loveland community for 42 years. “Retirement means to me to be able to give back to my community after concentrating all those years on my accounting practice.” I realize now that a better balance of work and community would have been optimum, but at the moment……Being involved with Be The Gift is a rewarding and satisfying experience for me. Working on projects and coming in contact with the single moms at these projects make you count your blessings as to where God has you at this point in time. The reward (blessing) for me has been far greater than I would have ever realized. I think I was blessed more than the mom’s whose projects I worked on. Once your eyes are opened to the needs of others, your own needs become less significant.
Tom
TomProject Manager
Tom has lived in the Loveland area for thirty-three years. He taught math at Bill Reed Middle School and Math/Construction at Loveland High School before retiring in 2009. He currently volunteers at Loveland High School, working with students building a Berthoud Habitat for Humanity home. He has been married to his lovely bride, Melissa for thirty-two years and has two grown children. Tom and Melissa enjoy traveling in their RV doing volunteer work throughout the United States.

Tom does not believe the Bible endorses retirement but instead believes we are re-fired to do ministry. His desire is to encourage moms by helping them maintain their home.

Shelly
ShellyProject Manager
In 2011 I was introduced to Be the Gift. Being a single mom it was definitely something I wanted to support. Before I ever worked on a project I joined Be the Gift for their annual benefit motorcycle ride in Loveland. What a great day! Then a short time later I started working on projects. In December of 2013 I became the second Denver project manager. I love managing the projects; I get to love on the moms through serving them and I also get to draw the skills and passions out of the participants!