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2013 Recap

Posted: 2013-12-18 13:45:08

As the 2013 year winds down, we look back at all that we have accomplished this year at North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity(NSLCHFH). It was a busy year with four new construction projects and four homes being recycled from past Habitat owners and now bought back for another family to make their own.

Most recently on Sunday, December 15, we dedicated two homes in Hibbing. Katie Hackett received a “recycled” Habitat home that had recently been sold back to NSLCHFH after the former Habitat owner moved to a new house in town. Margie Johnson’s, was also dedicated in Hibbing as this years Thrivent Builds project through Thrivent Financials. Thrivent Financials donated $50,000 towards the building of this home which now belongs to Margie Johnson and her four boys. This home was built handicapped accessible for Johnson’s son who was born with spina bifida.

There are two other home “recycles” in progress in Virginia. Waynette Larsen and her two boys will be moving into their new home sometime in the spring after an extra bedroom is added onto the house to make space for both of her boys. The other home is located in the Midway area in Virginia and is being “recycled” for Kelly Schmid and her two children. She will be moving in sometime during January.

Two new construction homes in Virginia are being finished off and just so happen to be two of three Habitat houses in a row on one street.

Gail Hansen, her two daughters, and her niece will be living in one of the homes, and Tina Bennett and her son will live in the other home. Bennett’s son was born with cerebral palsy, so their house will be handicap accessible.

The most recent house to break ground is the Nash family house located in Hibbing next to Margie Johnson. The Nash home is the sixth Habitat home to be built in the Brooklyn Addition.  The Nash home along with Amanda Stokes home, another “recycle” home in Hibbing are scheduled to be completed in May of 2014.

And last but not least, our new office/warehouse project is another step closer to being our permanent home. The floor was poured on November 8, and our volunteer crews have been working to get the office area completed first.

It has been a busy, yet exciting year, and we look forward to building five new homes in North St. Louis County in 2014.

As always, if you are interested in volunteering, please give us a call at (218)749-8910!

Have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2014!