Family for New House
Applications are welcome from families interested in the 2013 Habitat house to be built in Ridgeway.
For further information on eligibility requirements CONTACT:
Gus Johnson, 563-382-1802 or see more information here...
Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity will build its 27th home in Ridgeway on the lot shown above, starting this coming summer. “Two houses were built several years ago very successfully in Ridgeway, so the Board decided that it was time to build on a third lot in that community. We always want to build in various parts of the county,” stated Gus Johnson, Executive Director. The house will be built on the addition named for the late Don Kemp who was the first director of Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity.
Johnson continued, “The cost of construction increases every year, as do the expenses of the organization. So every March the Fundraising Committee organizes a Habitat Phonathon to solicit donations.” Volunteers will call over 900 residents of Winneshiek County on two consecutive Sunday evenings, March 3rd and 10th. Prior to the phone calls, the Committee mails out a newsletter and a letter explaining the possibility of pledging and thus avoiding a phone call.
The goal for Habitat is to work in partnership with people in need to build or renovate decent, affordable housing for them. The houses are sold to low-income working families at no profit and with no interest charged.
For further information on eligibility requirements, go to the Family Selection page. Persons wishing to donate who don’t receive a letter or phone call, may send it to Box 457, Decorah, IA 52101.
A NEW BEGINNING IN THE NEW YEAR: HABITAT HOUSE DEDICATION
On Sunday, January 13, 2013, dedication of the 26th Habitat house in Winneshiek County made homeowners of Kyle Dahl, Samantha Thiele, and their daughter, Madison (photo above). Their new house, located on Division Street, was officially dedicated with Pastor Mark Kvale, Washington Prairie Lutheran Church and Winneshiek Habitat Board Member, and Mike Blair, Luther College Campus Pastor, officiating. The short service of dedication was also presided over by Gus Johnson, Executive Director of the Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity affiliate.
Since this house was built in partnership with Luther College to help celebrate the College’s 150th anniversary, several Luther College administrators were also present. President Richard Torgerson and his wife Judy welcomed the family along with Karen Martin-Schramm, who chaired the College’s recent sesquicentennial celebrations. Martin-Schramm commented that “this house is part of the celebration which will be on-going and permanent.” Dale Nimrod, chair of the Luther Neighbor’s project which raised funds from the Luther community for the house, noted that $50,000 was raised from those sources.
The family will be moving into the house later in January. They thanked Winneshiek Habitat for the opportunity to own a home and all the volunteers who assisted in building the house.
Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity (WCHFH) is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. The goal for Habitat for Humanity is to work in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged.
Volunteers provide much of the labor and partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor "sweat equity" into building their homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses, both in the US and Guatemala, the international partner nation for the Winneshiek Habitat affiliate.
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