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After 25 years as an affiliate and ninety-nine homes built, the hundredth house will be built in memory of Paul Mans this August! Please join us in celebrating Paul's life.

19th Annual Dinner & Auction
Thursday, June 11
Breezy Point Resort

6:00 Social and Silent Auction

7:30 Dinner and Live Auction


Tickets are $60.00 per person with $40.00 tax deductible.


To reserve your seat, please email Jeanette or call 218.828.8517


Meet our newest Partner Families!


The Rychnovosky Family

Park Rapids Build

The build has begun - contact us to join the fun!


Park Rapids Family

Meet Josh, Tara, and their three children Skylar (6), Arianna (4), and Brianna (3).

Josh is an American hero - serving 2 tours in Iraq fighting for our freedom before
becoming medically discharged in February of 2013. 
When asked what becoming a Habitat for Humanity Homeowner will mean to them, Tara responded quite emotionally, “Having a home means our kids will have a permanent, secure, and safe place to live.  It means we will no longer have to rent places that have things that don’t work, improper ventilation, and mold.  It means our kids will have a yard to play in.  It means we will be a family with a place to call home.  It is a dream come true!”


To read the rest of their story or to donate to this family in need, please click here.


The Sellers Family

Brainerd Build

 Amber and Jake have 6 children: Chloe (14), Rory (10), Remy (6), and baby Elijah. 

Not pictured: Samantha (20) and Keegan (18).


Amber has lived in Brainerd her whole life and she and Jake want to raise their children here. Hard working members of the community, they participate in all their children's activities. They need a home, in Amber's words, where things actually work.

To read the rest of their story or to donate to this family in need, please click here.

The Primose Family

Brainerd Build

Pictured left to right: Gabrielle (12), Nikolas (15), and Jodi

Helping Jodi and her children become homeowners of a new home will not only give them the financial security they have been hoping for but a safe place for their children to live in. Click here to read their story!

Aanes Family

House #100

Paul Mans Memorial Build


Paul Mans Build

Heather Aanes and her two daughters (Lilly, 13 and Ava, 11) live in Brainerd. Though Heather suffers from paralyzing MS, she declines disability and opts to work full-time as a caseworker. Currently, this family lives in a non-handicap accessible home where Heather must rely heavily on her daughters' help. From her wheelchair, her current living situation makes using the bathroom or turning the stove off without burning her forearms a daily struggle. 

In 1990, Paul Mans, Sister Vivian Arts, and Pastor Paul LeDuc of the First Congregational Church founded Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity and broke ground for the first home in Brainerd.  To celebrate the life of this man who dedicated so much to fighting against poverty housing, LAHFH would like to dedicate our 100th home in his honor.

Click here to read more about this special build and get involved.

Matten Family

Brainerd Build

Joleen - Brainerd Build

Joleen Matten and her three children Zacharay (10), Keiauna (8), and Karter (4).

She and her children are currently living with her grandmother and mother in a small house at the far east of side of Brainerd.  There, she and her children sleep on mattresses on the unfinished basement concrete floor.  She is grateful to have a roof over her head, but looks forward to being in a home that will provide finished rooms and the space a family deserves to thrive in and grow. 

Joleen’s home is sponsored by Essentia/St. Joseph’s Hospital in Brainerd and is set to begin on August 29th.  

Click here to read their story and get involved

Lakes Area Habitat For Humanity
Serving Cass, Crow Wing & Hubbard Counties Since 1990

PO Box 234 - Brainerd, MN 56401 - Phone: 218-828-8517 - Fax: 218-825-4867

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