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Guest blog written by Laurie, Holy Hammers and Women Build volunteer

About Laurie

I have lived in the Twin Cities all my life.  I'm a facilitator, most recently in educating adults about diversity and inclusion, which fits perfectly with Habitat for Humanity's mission of providing homes for families regardless of who they are or what they believe.

House Month Volunteers are individuals who choose to give a month of their time on a single project. They go through a training class, and get to see the progress of a home for an entire month! How exciting is that?

Not only is it interesting to see how much can be done on a home within that time-frame, but a House Month Volunteer also gets to meet several groups of volunteers that come to help and grow a rapport with the site supervisor and/or AmeriCorps member.


Dave and Hannah have both finished their hard work on site, and Bashir is working right now - so we wanted to share a little bit about each of them and what they had to say about their service as a thank you for all their hard work.

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.

Homes and families are the foundation of successful communities. Affordable homeownership brings stability to families; it means parents can be ready for unexpected emergencies, kids can dream of attending college one day, and families can spend time together in a safe place. This stability—and the broader economic impact of homeownership—is the topic our Women of Habitat Hope Builders Luncheon on Tuesday, October 3 at the Minneapolis Hilton.

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