Dellett rides again

There is a George Bernard Shaw quote Tim Dellett '02 lives by:

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

"That is the answer to the question of the work I do," Dellett said. It is the answer to why he earned his master's degree in 2002 in community counseling at Adams State College, the answer to why he accepted a position at Tu Casa in Alamosa, and the answer to why even his free time seems to be devoted to helping others.

In July, Dellett raised more than $15,000 for Habitat for Humanity during a 500-mile bicycle ride. Dellett's first Habitat ride was in 1996, and he has participated in a charity ride each year since.

"I've been involved with Habitat since college," Dellett said. "Oftentimes people are kind of stuck in that area where they're renting and trying to provide for their family. So Habitat can come in and help make that next step, so they're in a decent place to live, they're buying their own home and they're investing in the future of them, their family and their community."

This year's Habitat 500 was a grueling way to raise funds - 100 miles a day for seven days along a route beginning and ending in St. Paul, Minn., through the mid-summer Midwest heat.

"The most difficult day was the first day out," Dellett said. "The first day you just kind of get the rider's legs and get into the swing of things. It was in the mid 90s and very humid."

For Dellett, the seventh day was also difficult, but for very different reasons.

"I got back and thought, 'boy, that was quick,'" he said. "It's kind of sad because there's a lot of experiences and adventures each day. It's a little sad there at the end that it's over, saying good bye, see you next year and that sort of thing."