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Mattila Family Story

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I will always remember the day my family moved to Minnesota. It was the summer I turned 10 years old. I remember seeing the Mt Iron water tower and being so excited to know we had made it. My grandparents’ house was very close!

I applied for Habitat for Humanity because of the high utility costs we had in the house we were renting. My family chose to partner with Habitat and I felt this was a huge blessing for us. However, this was just the beginning. When we pulled up to see our lot, I couldn't do anything but smile – it was right next door to my grandma! My grandpa passed away two years ago but I know he was watching down on us that day.

People always say that God works in mysterious ways; this is what He had planned for us. I feel truly blessed. Words could never explain how grateful I am. I could say thank you every minute of every day. Most importantly I have learned to share the love of God. Thank you all!

Many Blessings,
Jessi Mattila

The Mattila home was built in partnership with USDA Rural Development, making it only the second home in Minnesota that USDA and Habitat for Humanity have partnered to finance and build.  The volunteer labor on the home was provided by a partnership with Mesabi Range Community and Technical College.  Students in the second year carpentry class got hands on experience building the home with the Mattila family. Students from MRCTC’s Masonry class and Hibbing Community College’s Electrical class also worked on the home.  It was truly a community effort as so many joined together to partner with the Mattila family to build this affordable home and make their dream come true!