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A Note From Nathan ~ A New Face at Habitat!

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North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity was affiliated in 1995 and built its first home, a rehab project in the city of Eveleth, in 1996. A total of 11 homes were completed with an all volunteer organization. The board of directors had a desire to further expand the organization’s capacity to help more families. They applied for a capacity building grant through Habitat International and were awarded funds to hire an executive director in 2003. From 2003 to 2009 the affiliate has built an additional 25 homes bringing the total number of families who have been helped through Habitat’s mission to 36 in 13 communities across North St. Louis County.

North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity is now building steadily at the rate of five homes per year. Sustainability and stabilization of this growth has been a major topic at Habitat’s annual strategic planning meetings over the last couple of years. With this thought in mind, along with a desire for future growth, the board of directors has authorized North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity’s second full time staff position: a construction manager. Habitat has many goals in bringing on this new position including:

  • Increasing the capacity of the affiliate to build homes.
  • Optimizing the use of the executive director’s time

  • Ensuring a first rate volunteer experience on the jobsite
  • Developing construction schedules for projects to better utilize volunteers on construction sites

    There were many applicants for this position including some of our wonderful Habitat construction volunteers! After careful consideration, Dave Alaspa was hired as North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity’s first Construction Manager on March 15th.

    Dave has volunteered with Habitat in many capacities over the last two years. Dave brings a diverse background of construction knowledge and leadership along with customer service and managements skills to the Habitat team.

    This will be an exciting building season as he works with the building committee to streamline the building process and increase volunteer participation on construction sites. His skills will also assist the affiliate in it’s efforts to build green homes that maximize energy efficient techniques. With Dave’s expertise and assistance, Habitat will be taking on the challenge of building the affiliate’s first LEED for Homes (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified project.

    Sign up to volunteer on a construction site and be sure to say, “hello” to Dave as we build homes and hope in North St. Louis County this year!

    -Nathan Thompson
    North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity

    Executive Director