Spillville Home Being Built
Cathy Straube and Jeff Kimber (center) met John and Mary Klimesh for the first time at the site of their partially built new home in Spillville. Cathy and Jeff are the 2014 partner family for Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity. John and Mary, donors of the lot on which the house is being built, visited the site to see the construction progress of the second day of the Blitz Build.
With the help of several volunteers including Luther students, the Blitz Build crew was able to erect the studs and build walls on all four sides of the house and garage. Cathy and John and some of their family members also participated. Habitat has a requirement that the partner family put in 150 hours of “sweat equity” for each adult member of the family.
The building process will continue every Tuesday and Saturday beginning at 8:30 AM and volunteers are always welcome. The goal is to complete the house by the end of 2014.
In early spring, Winneshiek Habitat begins the process again of selecting a new site and a partner family for 2015. To date, Winneshiek Habitat has built 28 homes in all communities in the county except Frankville and Fort Atkinson. The affiliate is especially interested in acquiring lots in these communities but would welcome obtaining lots anywhere in Winneshiek County.
Anyone interested in donating or selling a reasonably priced lot in these towns or elsewhere in the county should contact Gus Johnson, Executive Director at 563 382 1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org More...
The Blitz Build on the Kimber/Straube house took place on Saturday, Oct. 11. Photos...
Kids Fund-Raise for WCHFH
United Methodist Church in New Hampton raised money for Habitat for Humanity during their vacation bible school the end of July. Here are a few of the kids with LeEllen Sobolik presenting Gary Johnson with a check. Thank you!
Habitat Golf Tournament a Winner!
The first annual Winneshiek Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament was held in perfect weather, Thursday, August 7, at Oneota Golf and Country Club. Eighteen teams of four each played, with 33 sponsors lending their names to the event. The fundraiser was also a memorial to Don Kemp, former Executive Director of Winneshiek Habitat.
At the dinner following the event, tournament and door prizes were given out by Gus Johnson and members of the Fundraising Committee from the Winneshiek Habitat Board. Silent auction winners were also announced. Special thanks is extended to Oneota Golf and Country Club personnel for their cooperation and assistance to help make the event such a resounding success. More...
WCHfH Video Released
Take a look at the process and the people who make dreams come true. The new video made by Cade Loven is now available on YouTube: From Dreams to Beams
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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