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Fall Building Season Wrap-Up

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As I write this article, the 2009 building season is swiftly coming to a close. However, that does not mean North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity (NSLCHFH) is getting ready to hibernate! This year Habitat has joined forces with the Hibbing and Virginia area high schools for two building projects during the 2009-2010 year. A new home will be built by students in Hibbing, while Virginia students will be busy with a “rehab” giving a facelift to a house that has been vacant for several years. Both projects will be a great learning experience for the students and help Habitat reach its goal of providing affordable housing.

Soon new houses in Babbitt, Eveleth, and Aurora will become homes for three hard working partner families; the Laine’s, the Curry’s, and the Jackson’s respectively. Each family has put in many “sweat equity” hours to help complete the construction of their home. When I became involved with Habitat a few years ago, I learned Habitat is “not a hand out, but a hand up.” In other words, the home is not a gift to the family. With the family’s efforts and the gracious contributions from the many dedicated volunteers, the project is a group effort with a lot of labor intensive work and wonderful fellowship.

Once again this year, NSLCHFH was a recipient of a Thrivent Builds grant. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans provides 65% of the cost of the home with the provisions that the local affiliate provides 25% of the cost of the home, and the Lutheran churches within the Thrivent Chapter provides the final 10%. In addition to this 50% of the total volunteers who work at that site throughout its duration must be Lutheran and half of those must be Thrivent members. With the current economic situation, I thought the financial support would be hard to meet, however in true Christian spirit, the financial obligation was met with a big assist from the Habitat 500 bike riders.

I was pleased with the out pouring of Lutheran volunteers this year. The highlights were the ELCA Build with the Bishop Day and the LCMS Build with the President Day. The best news was the support from the other denominations in the building of the Thrivent home. There was also great support this year from area churches on the homes built in Babbitt and Aurora.
As the snow begins to fall, we reflect on the many blessings received on the build sites this year and begin to plan for the 2010 building season!

- Tom Krause