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A Heartfelt Thank You from a Local Homeowner

 
Clarissa's home needed siding repairs

Clarissa is a single mother, and self-employed family child care provider who has been living in her home in Mounds View since 1985.  Clarissa’s responsibilities as a single mother and her limited income make it a challenge for Clarissa to keep up with the home repairs necessary for keeping her daughter and the children she provides care for in a safe environment.  When Clarissa applied to the A Brush with Kindness program, she stated, “Quite frankly, I am embarrassed about my home. It does not reflect my passion for helping young children reach their full potential … and I worry that it could jeopardize my ability to operate my business.” 

Featured Find at the ReStore: Furniture!

 
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As a home improvement outlet, many people come to the ReStore to browse our selection of appliances, tools, paint, lighting, and similar materials. But did you know that the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore also sells furniture? From all-wood classics to contemporary metals, the collection changes daily. Here are a few examples:

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An Old House Becomes A New Home

 
The Dhamuke/Ali Family's New Home

On Thursday, August 21, volunteers, corporate sponsors, donors, and Habitat staff gathered on Sherburne Avenue in St. Paul to welcome Abdiwali Dhamuke and Ubah Ali into their new home. The house, originally constructed in 1890, was renovated to become a beautiful home for the family. Parents of six children, Abdiwali and Ubah look forward to a home large enough for their family and to becoming part of the neighborhood community. Among the family’s new neighbors are owners of two other Habitat homes. 

Join Youth United in the State Fair Parade!

 
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Join our Youth United Steering Committee and represent Twin Cities Habitat at the State Fair Parade on Saturday August 30th! Participants will help decorate the Habitat truck and march through the MN state fairgrounds in the parade for the day. 

Youth United Members Wanted!

 
Youth United

What is Youth United?

ABWK Site Assessments

 
Home assessment

The A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) home repair program was created in 1998 as a pilot partnership between Valspar and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. The original idea was to test doing repair work and offer painting help for struggling low-income families. Since its creation, ABWK has gone from painting and repairing 64 homes in its first year, to helping nearly 140 homeowners with needed repairs.

Good news from North Minneapolis

 
Thrivent Financial Volunteers

In a lot of ways, the Jordan neighborhood in North Minneapolis is just like every other residential neighborhood in the city. Families push strollers as they go for walks, people have barbecues in their backyards and friends hangout on their front steps. It's this sense of community that the residents have in Jordan that Twin Cities Habitat wants to build on through our Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI).

ReStore as a Resource for Local ABC Junior Achievement Program

 
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Like many ReStore customers, Patty Schoff was introduced to the ReStore through a word-of-mouth recommendation. Patty is a Special Education teacher and instructor with a local ABC Junior Achievement program through the Anoka-Hennepin School District, and one of her student’s mothers shared her own ReStore experience with Patty. The very next day, the woman sent her son with more information and Patty set off to explore the home improvement and building supply store.

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A Habitat trip of a lifetime

 
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After being outbid at the last minute on the Twins tickets package, Sheryl Louie refused to leave the Hard Hat and Black Tie Gala empty handed.

Faith In Action with Our Saviours Volunteers

 
Our Saviors with Lynda

St. Francis of Assisi said, “For it is in giving that we receive.”  Through their work with Habitat for Humanity for the past eleven years, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in East Bethel has experienced both giving and receiving and has found it hard to separate one from the other. 

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