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Guest Blog by Val McGruder
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Volunteer

 A definition of the word is simple:

 the natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organism”
 “a person's usual or preferred surroundings.”

While I knew that Habitat for Humanity built and sold homes to families in need of decent, affordable housing, I did not know much more about the process. The four walls provide shelter from the elements, and a safe refuge.   

Since late-August, three powerful hurricanes have rocked Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. Responders are still measuring the devastation following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, but cost estimates are in the hundreds of billions of dollars. I am encouraged by the outpouring of compassion and generosity in response to these disasters. As Habitat for Humanity has done before, we’ve launched disaster response efforts in the affected areas and developed a plan for the long recovery road ahead.

Do you support Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity's mission of making decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience?

Do you want a simple way to make a big difference for your community?

Do you like to win fabulous prizes—like a $350 Apple gift card?

You have the opportunity to do all three with Give to the Max, Minnesota's celebration and gift-generating event for local nonprofits and schools.

Energy filled the ballroom at Tuesday’s Women of Habitat Hope Builders Luncheon. More than 400 guests gathered at the Hilton Minneapolis for good food, fun company, and a conversation about housing, economics, and the empowerment of women. The program featured Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity President/CEO, Sue Haigh, Habitat homeowner, Buffy Moore, and a panel discussion moderated by Dorothy Bridges, Senior Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. The fundraising luncheon—now in its 6th year—brought in a record $130,000+ to fund Twin Cities Habitat’s mission.

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