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Six years ago, Great River Energy started a new policy to encourage employees to give back to the community. That first year they decided there was no better place for them to direct their volunteer hours than building houses with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. David Kemp, the Manager of Transmission Planning for Great River, has worked on a Habitat house every year since. “As an engineer I like construction. Most of us do.”

Healthcare costs continue to eat up a larger and larger percentage of a family’s income each year. One generally agreed upon solution sounds simple: don’t get sick in the first place. We call it preventative medicine. Of course, that’s easier said than done. A doctor tells a patient to quit smoking, eat better, exercise more, and reduce the stress in their life. The patient says ‘sure thing doc!’ and walks out of the visit with the best of intentions to do those things.

When you walk into the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore in New Brighton, MN, there’s a good chance you’ll be helped by someone who was a reluctant volunteer, at first. Dick Hopkins is a long-time professional truck driver who tore a rotator cuff and injured a muscle while at work. The injuries sidelined him, possibly permanently.

Wayne Atkins was an extraordinary leader and co-founder of Twin Cities Habitat’s Entrepreneurs House, a community service project for the local entrepreneurial community. He passed away on March 11, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. In memory of Wayne, the eHouse Steering Committee and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity have dedicated this year’s house: “The 2014 Wayne Atkins Entrepreneurs House.”

Twin Cities Habitat got an exciting donation of over 200 cookies last week! The cookies were baked by The Wayzata Girls in Action group. Wayzata Girls in Action is a group of 12-14 year old girls who do monthly service projects throughout the Twin Cities! The Tapper family founded the group last February, when both Madeline and Lindsay Tapper wanted to help improve the community and show that they care. With help from mom Holly, the girls started performing monthly service projects with other friends from the Wayzata community. 

Fix it and forget it is a popular saying, but Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity wants everyone who came to, or heard about, our annual Fix It Fair to Fix It and Remember. While volunteers helped repair small, non-functioning household items for anyone who brought them to the fair, the event also served as a way to remind people of the mission of Habitat and all the ways we carry that mission out.

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