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As an organization, Twin Cities Habitat has been dedicating time and resources to fully embrace our newest value of Equity & Inclusion. From staff-wide IDI assessments, to routine breakfast conversations and continued Lunch & Learn workshops, we are pushing ourselves to grow and learn not only about the diversity of our organization from a workplace standpoint, but also gain a better understanding of the community we serve.

This week marks my one-year anniversary as President and CEO of Twin Cities Habitat. In that time, I’ve learned a lot. I have learned how hard our incredible staff work to serve families throughout the community – be it our Homeownership Advisors helping families become homeowners, our Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention specialists keeping families in their homes, our A Brush with Kindness staff doing needed repairs for longtime homeowners, or Age in Place staff pioneering new ways to help our seniors. Through our Multiplying the Impact Campaign, we have doubled the number of families who partner with us. This year, we will help more than 110 families become first-time homeowners.

Guest blog written by Adrienne Aarts, Leadership Giving Officer

It’s been five years since Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity built our flagship headquarters on University Avenue in St. Paul. We are celebrating because in that time, we have had the space to grow and change to better serve local families and to support our mission of eliminating poverty housing in the Twin Cities.

Here at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, we’re gearing up for the party of the year! The 2019 Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala is on Saturday, May 4 at Hilton-Minneapolis. In honor of the 20th anniversary of Hard Hat, we want this to be the most successful event ever by raising $1,000,000! Every year the auction is a highlight of the event and this year is no different. With the help of numerous generous donors, we’ve gathered fabulous live and silent auction items. Check out this live auction preview of what we have in store so you can get ready to start bidding!

Have you heard about Twin Cities Habitat's Multiplying the Impact five-year fundraising campaign? It's all about folks like you in the Twin Cities coming together to more than double the Habitat homeownership opportunities—from about 50 to over 100 each year.

Join the movement. Help us multiply the impact. Give and take action today.

What will it take? All of us coming together, digging deep, and giving what we can. And there's so many ways you can get involved and make a difference. Attending a Habitat event is a great way to build stable, affordable homes for local families. (And, if I do say so myself, attending an event is perhaps the most fun way way to give back.)

We all have our own stories of home. This series shares those stories from Habitat staff. We'll explore questions like: what does home mean to us? How did we find a stable home? How do our stories inform our work? And how do Habitat's mission, vision, and values resonate with our experiences?

This story is written by Shereese Turner. She's our Senior Director of Programs & Services, and has worked at Habitat since 2018.

With Thanksgiving just days away, are you looking forward to or dreading the family table conversations? If you fall into the latter category (even if you don't), you might get a good laugh from this 2015 sketch on Saturday Night Live called "A Thanksgiving Miracle." In the sketch, a family barely makes it into their Thanksgiving dinner when they start arguing. But then something happens that miraculously brings everyone together: Adele's hit song "Hello" starts playing, and no one can resist singing along. It's hilarious.

At Habitat, we know something else that brings people together: home. We believe that everyone deserves a safe, stable place to call home. When we advocate for policies that support affordable housing, politicians of every political stripe get on board. Here are a few ideas of things you can do with your family that also make a positive difference for housing in the Twin Cities.

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