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This year marks the 23rd year of the annual Habitat 500 bicycle ride. The goal of the bike ride is to raise awareness about the need for decent, safe, affordable housing in Minnesota and serve as a fundraiser to support Habitat affiliates. Each ride participant raises funds for the event (the average amount raised is typically more than $2,710 per rider!), and then designates the Habitat for Humanity affiliates they wish to support (both locally and around the world).

Judy Van Osdel has been supporting Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity since 2007 by making donations and volunteering on site. Her relationship with Habitat has grown from volunteering with coworkers to building with four Global Village trips to Costa Rica, pictured below. What keeps Judy coming back to volunteer year-after-year?

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity started in 1985 when a handful of compassionate people working in a church basement raised money to buy and rehab a home in South Minneapolis. The woman who bought the home raised two daughters there, has long ago paid off her mortgage, and still keeps the home looking good today. This infographic demonstrates the impact Twin Cities Habitat has had in our community since that first home three decades ago. Click the image to zoom in. Please share on Facebook  - show them why you support this mission. Also, check out this infographic on how the various programs of Twin Cities Habitat help create and preserve homeownership opportunities.

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.

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