As 2014 comes to a close, we wanted to share some of our favorite highlights from the past twelve months!
|Our annual Hearth & Hope Luncheon with keynote speaker Marilyn Carlson Nelson was a huge success! More than 260 women, and 3 men, gathered and raised nearly $70,000 for affordable housing that will empower women in our community and improve the lives of their families and children.|
|Joel K. Schwieters and John H. Schwieters donated 33 townhome pads in Hugo to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. The 33 townhomes’ construction will begin spring 2015 with the completion of a 4-unit townhome, followed by construction of a 5-unit townhome in 2016.|
|On February 24, 2014, the Habitat team made "The Big Move" to our new offices at 1954 University! Our new building not only improves our ability to serve the local community, it also showcases wonderful sustainable features to help us be energy efficient and save money.|
|We had a record breaking evening at this year's Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala. The annual gala helps to generate support to help families make a brighter future for their children.|
|The ReStore funded three Habitat homes this year! The ReStore staff acknowledges that this feat wouldn’t have been possible without the support of their loyal customers, generous donors and wonderful volunteers.|
|Armed only with facts about the communal benefits of investing in affordable housing, and dressed in green superhero T-shirts, our advocates descended on the Capitol earlier this year and helped convince lawmakers to approve $100M for Affordable Housing projects (it passed!).|
|At the end of August, we wrapped up Rainbow Build 2014, a two-week initiative dedicated to celebrating the diversity of community which grew this year to include10 build days with 93 volunteers!|
|On February 1st, 2014, the ReStore hosted its first-ever 50% OFF sale and celebrated an additional 4,000 square feet of warehouse space.|
|The A Brush With Kindness team launched a new online application feature on the website and created a new volunteer opportunity for individuals to help out with the home assessment process.|
|In memory of Wayne, leader and co-founder of Twin Cities Habitat’s Entrepreneurs House, the eHouse Steering Committee and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity dedicated the building of the Wayne Atkins Entrepreneurs House in 2014. The home was recently celebrated this December.|
|This past October marked 25 years that Site Supervisor Tony Beckstrom has been sweating it out with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity -- and he has no plans to slow down.|
|In the spring of 2014, the A Brush With Kindness program reached its 1,700 family served milestone, helping the Thurman family to complete much-needed repairs on their home.|
Do you think we missed anything? Let us know in the comments below!
Here's to creating wonderful moments and memories in the coming year. We hope to see you on-site, at our main office, at the ReStore, or at one of our many events in 2015!