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 Aanes Family

House #100

Paul Mans Memorial Build



We still need $26,000 to completely fund our 100th Habitat Home. Click here to watch a short video about Heather and her family!



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.


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Diva Day


JULY 24, 2015




Diva Day 2015

8:00am-12:00pm morning shift

12:00-12:30 lunch break

12:30-4:30 afternoon shift

  *You can work one or both shifts


Ever wanted to build with Habitat, but never felt comfortable to jump in?

Now’s your chance!

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The Sellers Family

Brainerd Build

Construction begins Monday, July 13th

Contact Julie at 218-828-8517 to get involved!

 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.

We are only $5,000 away from our goal!

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

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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