Building Community Blog

Rainbow Build is a special, week-long initiative that brings together awareness of affordable housing programs in the community and education about how to advocate for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Allied (LGBTQA+) families currently living without decent housing.

Throughout the week (August 24th-August 28th) eighty-two volunteers, community supporters and family partners gathered to work together on two Habitat homes in Richfield. In addition to countless individual volunteers Rainbow Build hosted crews from Gay4Good, Hell’s Kitchen, Target, Thomson Reuters and Voya Financial during the week. 

Each build day was paired with conversations about barriers to affordable housing and an introduction to many of the advocacy programs working for LGBTQ families in the area. 

It was pouring rain when I arrived at the Twin Cities Habitat build site in Richfield, MN. I'd been asked to shoot some video of a group of volunteers from Ergodyne, a company that builds professional quality work gear, but it was raining so hard I wasn't sure there would be any work going on. It didn't take long to discover there was definitely work going on...a lot of work.

The U.S. Bank Foundation, a longtime partner of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, has once again provided a generous grant for our A Brush with Kindness program, supporting all painting and repairs projects for the month of August. This remarkable commitment of financial contributions and volunteer time is touching the lives of nine families in the metro area.

Habitat homebuilding sites are usually hives of activity. You’ll see volunteers on ladders installing roofs, using power saws to cut lumber, hoisting windows into place, or brushing on a coat of paint. All volunteers have the opportunity to learn new skills, but no one is required to do anything beyond their skills or comfort. Some, like Christy Unterschuetz, just “do what they can do.” In Christy’s case, that’s a lot. 

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