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On Saturday, December 13, Twin Cities Habitat was joined by Ecolab representatives, volunteers (especially from our regular crews), board members, and other supporters to dedication the new home of Jowhar Yusuf and Aynia Abdella in Frogtown. As our dedications committee volunteer and emcee Karin O’Connor put it, we were gathered to celebrate the “priceless gifts” we’ve all contributed toward the home’s completion.

Jowhar and his family were extremely excited to mark this important milestone in their long journey. Originally from Ethiopia, Jowhar first moved to the United States in 1999 and became a U.S. citizen five years later. He returned to his home country in 2007, met and married Aynia, and the couple moved back to Minnesota. They learned about Habitat’s homeownership program a few years later, applied, and met the qualifications. The family’s application expired after two years, but they kept their spirits up. Jowhar and Aynia, by then parents of three, reapplied and were matched with a home this year. 

Many of us use this time of year to finish up our year-end to-do lists and share our time and treasures with others. Why not do both with Twin Cities Habitat?

Couldn’t find the time to volunteer yet?
While the holiday season is especially busy, you can volunteer in a variety of ways! Making some holiday cookies for friends and family? Bake a few extra and help out as a cookie baker with Habitat! The cookies you bake will be shared with our dedicated volunteers. Want to do more? Sign up for a 2015 volunteer day on site or at the ReStore.

If you're reading this blog post, chances are high that you're a user of social media. According to the Pew Research Internet Project, 42% of online adults use multiple social networking sites, and many use them on a daily basis. LinkedIn is just one of these popular social sites, and is the world's largest professional network on the Internet with more than 330 million members in over 200 countries and territories

In the last few weeks, Thrivent Financial has joined Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity to dedicate three of the four homes that the company has sponsored this year in the metro area. These home dedications gave us an opportunity to celebrate our homebuyers’ achievements and recognize the incredibly valuable partnership through Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity.

Mat Lohr, a Delta Air Lines maintenance technician in Minneapolis, has a special connection to the Habitat homes he volunteers to help build with Delta every year – he grew up in one. With the knowledge of what having a Habitat home meant to his parents and siblings, Mat quietly steps forward each year to help make that dream come true for other families.

It’s holiday time and that means buying gifts for people. Whether you’re buying a small toy to give to a child one evening during Hanukkah, buying clothes a teenager needs to wear to school, or buying something fun to put under the tree for the whole family, you’re spending money, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. You build your list and buy your gifts one piece at a time. At Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, we buy and build homes for families, one piece, and one price, at a time.

Contributed by Mark Turbak
Twin Cities Habitat Staff Member

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity helps build and design Habitat homes that are handicap accessible for homebuyer families with special needs. This fall, The Tile Shop generously donated bathroom tile to help ensure one family has a home accessible for two of their children, who are in wheelchairs.

As Millennials begin to climb corporate ladders and shakeup the world with fast-growing startups, they're taking on leadership roles in the realm of nonprofits, philanthropy, and volunteerism.

We at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity are thrilled about this. After all, building or repairing a home is easier with plenty of young muscle around. Plus, improving housing policies will require a scale of advocacy outcry that these super-socially-connected Millennials are uniquely qualified to help with.

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