Carlson building Habitat homes and hope in Minneapolis
Minnetonka-based Carlson helps make the world a smaller, friendlier place through its global network of travel services, restaurants and hotels. But it is also helping build A World of Hope through its support of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.
For the second straight year, Carlson is sponsoring and building a Habitat home in North Minneapolis. In fact, the two homes are right next to each other on Irving Avenue. On Monday, September 17th Carlson executives, including the new President and CEO Trudy Rautio, helped kickoff work on the newest home and dedicate the home that volunteers finished earlier this summer.
“Carlson’s employee volunteers are proud to be a partner of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, an organization that does so much good for so many in our community,” says Rautio.
The homebuyer, Melanie, and her four children have been in their home a couple weeks and they love it. At the dedication ceremony, Melanie thanked Habitat, Carlson and all the volunteers who helped build her home. She's now planning longterm. "My goals now are to finish my nursing degree, save for college for my kids and save for some of the projects we want to do to improve our new home."
Carlson's two house sponsorship gifts have been a part of the 4-year, $36M A World of Hope Campaign. Twin Cities Habitat launched this effort in 2009 to respond to the foreclosure crisis and increase the numbef of families we serve with our programs. So far the results have been tremendous; 168 Habitat homes built and sold to Twin Cities families, 443 repair projects completed through A Brush with Kindness, 5,000 people educated and counseled on successful homeownership practices, and 220 homes funded and built in our tithe partner countries of Costa Rica, Mozambique and Haiti.
We are closing in our World of Hope goals but we need more donations and more volunteers to hit them all before the campaign ends in June 2013. Then, we'll need your continued support as we move forward with our Strategic Plan for 2013-2015.