The Arrival of Spring… Brings the 2010 Habitat Build Season
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The arrival of spring means the beginning of another building season for North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity. This is an exciting time. Over the winter Habitat families and volunteers worked behind the scenes, doing the ground work necessary to take on five Habitat projects during the 2010 building season. Partner families have carefully studied the family partner agreement, selected plans for their new home, enlisted family members and friends to help build their home, and have already begun earning “sweat equity” hours. Habitat has raised money to purchase building materials, lots, and houses for rehabilitation. Habitat also has been recruiting and planning the coordination of the volunteers who will construct and rehabilitate the homes. In the spring, “ground breaking” follows the “ground laying” work of winter, and homes begin to take shape.
Here are some highlights of the five NSLCHFH 2010 building season projects:
- As a result of Habitat’s partnership with the Hendricks family, construction on a new home in Virginia will begin in June. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a major donor for this project, as well as an essential partner.
Hibbing is the location of a second new construction project, which begins in July. Riders in the Minnesota Habitat 500 bike ride, a fundraising event, will spend one day working on this house. The Montgomery family will work in partnership with Habitat to own this home.
- A relationship with Hibbing Community College and three area high schools offers a unique opportunity for students to learn the construction trade by actually building a house. Habitat is partnering with the Twardowski family and local schools to build a home in Hibbing, with construction beginning in September.
Habitat has a similar relationship with Virginia High School, and rehabilitation of an existing house will begin in September. The Hedin family will be the new owners of this home as a result of their partnership with Habitat.
- A second rehabilitation project on the East Range will begin in the fall with the Warren family.
Habitat needs your help! Although North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity is well served by a small staff, it is essentially a volunteer organization, dependent on generous donors and committed volunteers. As I look at the ambitious plans for the months ahead, I ask that you continue your support by:
Being an advocate for the Habitat mission
- Keeping the work of Habitat in your prayers
Donating money for building materials, houses for rehab, and lots
- Volunteering to help build a home
Volunteering to serve on a Habitat committeeSpring is an exciting time of year at North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity. I am energized by the knowledge that, by this time next year, five more families will own homes, which provide safe, decent and affordable shelter.
Thank you for your support.
North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity