New Year, New Beginnings!
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As I'm sitting here writing this blog entry, snow is falling lightly and blanketing the two feet of white stuff that's already accumulated. It's as if the whole world is hibernating, peaceful and dormant, just waiting for leaves and rain and blossoms to arrive. So I can't help thinking of all that awaits us at Habitat in the coming weeks and months and all that has already been accomplished this past year.
In 2010, North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity partnered with and helped three families move into newly built and newly rehabbed homes. These families spent their first Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's in a home that they own. What an amazing story to be a part of! Each of these families has a brighter future ahead of them!
Other significant events took place in 2010. In July our affilate participated in the Habitat 500 bike ride. The Montgomery home in Hibbing was named by Habitat MN to be the 1,800th home to be built by Habitat in MN and so became the home that was framed by bike riding volunteers during the halfway point of the ride.
We had other successful events in 2010 such as the Women Build which had an extra day added because of it's success in previous years as well as the build with the Bishop day which brought volunteers from all over our area and beyond. Some smaller events included newsletter folding and direct mailing days along with general outpouring of generosity by our volunteers to work on the homes day after day and provide meals for the hungry workers. 2010 was a truely blessed year for Habitat and it's partner families. Without our volunteers, none of this would have been accomplished.
Now that 2011 is here we have inumerable opportunities to make a difference in our community. Our partner families for this year have been selected and some have already begun building. Even though there is still snow on the ground and in the sky, we're already gearing up for what this spring and summer has in store for us at Habitat.
So as you are dreaming of warmer days to come, why not add a few more dreams to the list? Picture the Iron Range as a community where more people have the opportunity to own their home, where children have a safe, warm and inviting place to live and grow, where neighbors care about neighbors and actually do something about it. Every new year brings a fresh perspective. Start seeing the world around you as it should be and then work to make it so.
~Katie, Volunteer Coordinator
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~Margaret Meade