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We’re only a few weeks away from the biggest party of the year—the Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala! Here at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, we’re gearing up for this exceptional evening of raising resources for our work and sharing our mission with our guests. Every year the auction is a highlight of the event and this year is no different. With the help of numerous generous donors, we’ve gathered fabulous live and silent auction items. Check out this live auction preview of what we have in store so you can get ready to start bidding!

An affordable home must be an efficient home. Otherwise, a family ends up throwing away too much money keeping the lights on, the water running, and staying warm during a cold Minnesota winter. That's why Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity builds greenness into every new home by making sure it meets at least the LEED Silver standard for design and efficiency.  

Have you ever wanted to get younger youth involved in Habitat but didn’t know how? Twin Cities Habitat is now one of 15 affiliates in the United States to take part in the Habitat Readers Program!

By Anne Meyers-Welsch
Twin Cities Habitat Staff

A Day in the Life of the JCRC Regular Crew

I was charmed by my day out on site with the JCRC regular crew. I joined them out on David Michaelson’s site in Brooklyn Park. It had been a while since I’d worked with volunteers regularly and I was excited for the opportunity to get to know someone while working with them. I was also a little nervous. What if they didn’t like me or all of my questions? What if they proved reticent and didn’t answer anything? What if I had forgotten everything I learned when I worked out on site all of last year? I soon learned that there was no need to worry.

In the thirty-year history of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity,1,067 families have purchased a Habitat home and 1,780 A Brush with Kindness projects have been completed for local homeowners.

You don’t have to search too far to come across someone in the Twin Cities area who has volunteered with, donated to, or supports Habitat for Humanity. Each supporter has been crucial to this astounding number of families served. Where would we be without the volunteers who labor to build safe homes, or the generous donors who make Habitat's work possible? Probably still working out of a church basement serving only a few families a year.

By James Klingensmith
Global Village Team Member

On the final work day of the trip, Team Buenos Aires put the finishing touches on the interior paint of their home. With a few key personnel additions from Team Buenos Aires, the Portrero Grande Troupe had an outstanding conclusion as well, as they completed the installation of all the cement paneled walls, leveled the floor, positioned the septic tank, and began backfilling the drainage trench! 

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