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There are a lot of individuals and organizations that make Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity's work possible. Volunteers give their time and talent on site, homebuying families commit to partnering with us, and companies, individuals, and faith groups contribute financially to support our mission. Among these dedicated and valuable supporters are our in-kind sponsors. These are the companies and individuals that donate materials, supplies, property, cars, or services to help us cut costs and build more homes in our community.

September 21st was the day 3M had designated as its Global Volunteer Day, a day where employees are encouraged to go out into their communities to do service work. For 25 current employees, and 4 alumni, that meant spending the day helping to build townhomes in a Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity development in Cottage Grove. Other groups of 3M employees were working at different Habitat projects, or at a wide assortment of community organizations throughout the Twin Cities.

Great ideas catch fire and grow huge. A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) is one such great idea. In 1998, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and Valspar joined forces to create a program where volunteers delivered paint and repair help to low-income homeowners.

Pat Lund was Twin Cities Habitat's point person on starting ABWK at the time, and he still runs the program today. Pat quickly saw how fixing a home not only stabilizes that family, but gives new energy and optimism to the entire block. Habitat for Humanity International's (HFHI) leaders took note of this pilot program going on up in Minnesota and Pat and Valspar were soon explaining to affiliates around the country how to start similar programs of their own.

Fast forward 17 years...

On October 3rd, Habitat in partnership with Frogtown Neighborhood Association, Veteran’s Voices, and Frogtown Rondo Home Fund and with funding through Thrivent Financial, will be hosting the first ever hosting the first ever Garage-A-Palooza. In the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul, we will be painting and repairing 6 garages all in one day while also hosting a neighborhood clean-up. In addition, a community celebration with a brief kickoff program, food, music, and fun community events will take place.

Together neighbors, volunteers, donors, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity staff, supporters and families placed their hands on the walls to bless the new homes of Ruquia Duale & Abdishakur Mohamed and Mohamed Idris & Caltu Sani at last night's joint dedication.

Habitat for Humanity is best known for building homes for low-income families. However, homebuilding is just one aspect of the work that Twin Cities Habitat does. 

Habitat works toward its vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live through a variety of programs and services including homebuilding, repair projects, foreclosure prevention, and advocacy.

A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) is a painting and repair program that helps families and individuals that already own their own homes to remain in them.

National A Brush with Kindness Week will be held September 19th to 26th. 

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