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Lyman Companies, a residential construction company, is the main supplier of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (TCHFH) lumber. Since 1995, the partnership has flourish into donations of materials and labor to help build Habitat homes. This kind gesture continues today and TCHFH is grateful to welcome them for another year of building.

By Blake MacKenzie
Twin Cities Habitat Staff

Working in fundraising at Habitat, I frequently get calls from people who want to make a gift. Sometimes people say  “Sorry, this is all I can afford!” when making their gift to Twin Cities Habitat. Believe me, a little bit can go a long way when used effectively. And no one knows that better than the 158 members of the Carpenter’s Club, Habitat’s group of sustaining donors.

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity relies on the generous hearts of our donors, partners and sponsors, to complete all of the homebuilding, home repair, mortgage foreclosure prevention counseling, advocacy and community work that we do each year.

Deirdre Haj and her husband Joseph were no strangers to Habitat ReStores when they moved to Minnesota from North Carolina. Deirdre served on the board of The Rotary Club of Durham, and Habitat for Humanity was one of the charities the local rotary supported. After purchasing their home in the Twin Cities,  the couple knew just what they wanted to do with the leftover materials from their kitchen project.

By Blake MacKenzie
Twin Cities Habitat Staff

As part of the Carpenter’s Club, Lois Humbert is a sustaining monthly donor for Twin Cities Habitat.

She saw the impact of Habitat first-hand when a woman from her unit in Mary Kay purchased a Habitat home near Ashland, Wisconsin. The single mom had to put many hours of sweat equity into her home.

“I saw how she had to take more accountability and pride in her home because of that,” Lois said.

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (TCHFH) will kick off our 2016 build season this spring with two new Polaris RANGER® HIPPO™ Multipower Systems, donated by  Polaris Defense. These vehicles provide mobile electric, hydraulic, pneumatic and welding power to Twin Cities Habitat build and repair sites across the seven county metro area. With a typical manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $56,699 per unit, the estimated value of Polaris’ donation totals over $113,000!

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