Homeowner Applications Open January 1
Are you interested in partnering with us to build a home?
We will be accepting applications for a homeowner partner for house #23 January 1-31, 2023. You can click the links to the right to see the qualifications and the application. If you have any questions, please call the office at 320-616-2084 or email email@example.com.
Welcome to the team!
Tatianna Washington of St Cloud was hired January 9, 2023 as our office intern. Tatianna, a second-year student at St Cloud Technical & Community College, is pursuing a Marketing Sales Management degree. She aspires to become a successful entrepreneur and has started a photo booth rental service called Popup Photo Shop LLC. Tatianna has many years of volunteer experience, most recently a volunteer photographer at Tri-County Humane Society, but has also volunteered with the United Way, The Place of Hope, and Habitat For Humanity St Cloud. Tatianna enjoys photography, reading, and the arts, as well as spending time with her two adult children, Tyanna and Robert.
Women's Day Build Challenge Winners!
We challenged our women's build volunteers to go one step further and do some fundraising, too. The top three fundraisers each received a prize for their efforts. Sada Wensmann, Angie Peterson, and Jana Festler participated and raised $485! Thank you, ladies, for hammering those nails and supporting the mission of HFHMC!
Paid Internship Available in 2023
With funding from Sourcewell, HFHMC has been awarded up to 640 hours to hire an intern to work in our office. The applicant is required to be enrolled in a post-secondary college/university or a recent college graduate. The start date would be in January. Duties would include social media and website updates, volunteer coordination, assisting with fund-raising, and other important tasks. Please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15, 2022 or call (320) 616-2084 for info.
See complete job description HERE.
Women Build - 2022
On October 13 and 14, we had a crew of 19 women that worked on House #22. They got the interior framing completed and had fun doing it! Thank you for your help, ladies!
(More pics on the Events page.)
Feeling like you missed it? Call us now to get on the list for next women's build. There are limited spots for each shift. Lunch will be provided. To register, or for more info, call the Habitat office @ 320-616-2084, or email us at: email@example.com
Happy New Homeowners: Katie, Sierra, & RJ!
Katie Pekula, homeowner partner #21, and her children RJ (4) and Sierra (6), were thrilled to move into their new home on the west side of Little Falls at the end of March. It has already changed their lives so much.
Katie says, “This home has made a huge impact on myself and my two children Sierra and RJ. For the first time, my four year old son has his own room with his own bed. Before, he shared a bed with me. I thought it was going to be hard to transition him to sleep in his own room. To my surprise, the first night home he slept in his own room and has been ever since. Since moving into our new home, RJ has been having really good days at school. Before, every day was a rough day. His teachers would tell me he wasn't listening or was acting out. My fridge is currently covered in "Proud" notes from RJ's teachers from all of the good days he has been having. Sierra is very proud of her room. Every morning she makes her bed and she keeps it very organized without me having to tell her to. She loves that she has an area to read all of her books. Sierra and RJ enjoy helping me with house chores and picking up the yard. It is such a relief to come home to a clean new home that we all have a space in. We are all the happiest we have been in a long time.”
Katie was gifted a lovely quilt from the Prairie Point Quilters, presented by Mary Fuechtmann, and the kids received quilts made by the students at Children First Christian Preschool.
Little Falls Construction Technology Students Give Back
HFHMC Board Member Sheila Watercott notified us that the Little Falls High School Construction Technology students, under the direction of Eric LeBlanc, was looking for spring projects. The class built a great outdoor storage shed for Katie’s yard.
Mr. LeBlanc says, “My students learned the importance of working together as a team and the value of giving back to the community. Many have said they are interested in helping out with a future habitat house. It is very satisfying for me to hear my students talk about building things in the future. I am very confident that this group of guys have the skills needed to build houses and garages in the future. Almost everyone in this class is going on to post-secondary education in the construction or manufacturing field.”
We thank Mr. LeBlanc and his class for their work, and we are excited about continuing this partnership with them.
Pictured L to R:
Eric LeBlanc, LFHS Teacher; Katie Pekula, Homeowner; Students: Dylan Becker, Evan Kimman, Trevor Kloeckl, Zac Copa,
Ashton Schwinn, Zach LeBlanc, Ryan Kloeckl, Patrick Brisk, Chris Statema; and Sheila Watercott, HFHMC Board Member.
Happy New Year!
House #20 - Tepley Family
From the Tepleys
As we round out the year and reflect on all of the blessings that we have had this year, we realize that Habitat is a major part of our journey and blessings this year!
We are so very grateful for all that we have accomplished since partnering with habitat. For this we want to give our most sincere thanks! We were able to have many firsts so far in our new home and look so forward to many more. To just simply wake up in a home that is warm always is such a small thing that we didn’t know we were missing on these chilly below zero days.
We also were able to host our first holidays for thanksgiving and Christmas ever and to be able to have Santa visit us at home vs having to have him deliver to other peoples homes that we had to travel to. Our mindsets and our faith have grown through this process and for that we are forever grateful! We are blessed to have Habitat as a part of our journey and we look forward to all the other memories and blessings to come in our new home."
Elly Tepley, December 2021