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Guest Blog by Julia Brauchle
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Staff

Last week I traveled to Washington D.C. with six other Habitat staff from the Twin Cities and Rochester affiliates to attend Habitat on the Hill, our annual legislative conference. Just under 300 attendees from across the nation gathered to learn, share, and advocate.

For Dave and Jane of Canetani Vacation Properties, giving back is almost always a fun, family affair. Whether they’re forging new relationships on a Habitat Global Village build, or playing giant jenga together at Habitat’s annual Hard Hat & Black Tie gala, there’s always fun to be had.


Even being around Mary for a short period of time, I can say that she is surely a warm, welcoming, funny, and humble human being... with maybe just a touch of spitfire in her, too. Mary has lived in Minnesota nearly all her life after moving here from Mississippi when she was a young girl. She has owned her house in Minneapolis for 57 years, which is also home to Mary's son, her sister, and her brother. 

As the snow flew on a Wednesday at the end of January, Twin Cities Habitat staff and AmeriCorps members came together for our annual All Staff Build Day. Habitat staff often help out here and there on various Habitat projects and events throughout the year, but we take one day a year to join forces as an entire organization. And, like most Habitat volunteers, we had some fun and made some memories in the process.

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