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Earth Day Recycle Event

The ReStore, in conjunction with Common Goods and GreenForest Recycling are working together in celebration of Earth Day. Our Earth Day Recycle Event is going to be held Saturday, April 24 at the Habitat ReStore from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sort your items to donate and/or recycle and join us at the ReStore for brats provided…

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Summer 2021 AmeriCorps Position Available – Apply Now!

We are so excited to announce that we’ve been awarded an AmeriCorps Member – Summer Construction Volunteer Facilitator. Position summary The Construction Volunteer Facilitator would assist the construction manager with all aspects of construction and onsite volunteer coordination of possibly 100 volunteers throughout the summer. We are planning on 2 new builds in Brainerd for…

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Meet the Fearing Family!

Alyssia Fearing is partnering with Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity to build strength, security, and hope. As a young child, Alyssia was introduced to a life of drugs, alcohol, and dysfunction. In her words, she was “raised everywhere.” Her family moved around a lot, never living in the same house for more than a couple…

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Meet the York Family

“We are so excited to build our forever home and not have to worry about moving from place to place.” Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity is proud to partner with Brandon and Tiffany York. They have been working on bettering their lives for the past year. In the past year and a half, they have…

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Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity Receives Malachi 3:10 Award

The Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity and ReStore has been awarded the Malachi 3:10 Award from Habitat for Humanity International. This award recognizes a $500,000 lifetime tithe milestone. Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity and ReStore has, through its tithe, supported Habitat International’s Global Mission Fund which enables the gifts to be used where they are…

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Pick-Up Team Members Needed

We are getting so many calls for donations that we need more folks on our donation pick up team!  We provide the truck and trailer, and an experienced person for you to ride with.  We cover a large area, day by day, responding to calls from folks just like yourself who have furniture to donate…

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Upcoming Events at Habitat

Brewery, Wine Tasting, Dancing and more. Help to support Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity in many different ways! Come Watch Dancing with the Lakes Area Stars Thursday, March 12th 5:30-10pm at the Drummond Winery $40 per person, cash bar, heavy appetizers Contact Ruth Ann Veith with questions, to buy tickets or sponsorship opportunities. Did you…

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Dubray Family

“We can’t wait to stay in our “forever” home and not have to move from place to place” As a parent, we dream we can give our children a better life than yourself and Lisa Dubray is no different. Her dream to give her children a stable platform of a stable home, has been a…

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Andy, Marshall and Harley Fry

Andy, Marshall and Harley Fry are partnering with Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity to build STABILITY, SECURITY AND SELF-RELIANCE. Harley Fry’s words above are really simple on the surface but goes to the heart of what matters to him. Any 10-year-old boy wants…and should have…access to privacy and space to grow. Every parent wants…and deserves…to…

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Travis and Mary Svoboda

Travis and Mary Svoboda are partnering with Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity to build STABILITY, SECURITY AND SELF-RELIANCE. Travis & Mary know how to get-by. They’ve managed to raise 6 children including 4 adopted children in a 2-bedroom apartment by sacrificing bedroom space for themselves, opting for couches so the kids can sleep in beds.…

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Partner Families

Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity is so excited to share the families selected to partner with us. They are: Jeremy and Brianna Engholm and their 3 children, Park Rapids Dale, Katie and Anthony Johnson, Faith Build Baxter Lisa DuBray and her 5 children, Crosby Travis and Mary Svoboda and their 6 children Andy Fry and…

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Jeremy and Breanna Engholm

Jeremy and Breanna are partnering with Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity to build STABILITY, SCEURITY AND SELF-RELIANCE. “The Journey of Hope, never give up, it will get better” -The Engholm family Their new home on Timbers Drive in Park Rapids will be the beginning of a new chapter for the Jeremy and Breanna Engholm family.…

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Dale and Katie Johnson

Dale and Katie Johnson are partnering with Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity to build SAFETY, SECURITY AND SELF-RELIANCE. “We now have hope and are looking forward to our future as Habitat for Humanity homeowners.” Like any good parents, Dale and Katie want their son to be happy and safe. The Brainerd couple and their 17-year…

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Brandt Family

“We want to spend more time with mom!” Those are words every single parent understands…and struggles to find ways to make a reality. That certainly is the case for Tiffany who is raising 5 very active children, ranging in ages from 1 to 15. Tiffany’s life has been a journey through challenges.  She tells of…

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McMillan-Hintz Family

“We want to stop the cycle of dysfunction from our childhood and give our children a better life” Dysfunction, drugs and alcohol, not the desired environment to live out your childhood. Unfortunately, that was the case for Chad and Renee. Raising 7 kids is no easy task and Chad and Renee are working hard to…

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Martin Family

“To finally have a place we can call Home” Oppression, anxiety, depression and not enough resources are challenges in Josh and Breanna face every day. Josh and Breanna knew each other and were friends during high school.  They graduated and they both went their separate ways. Little did they know that once again, their paths…

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Kowalzek Family

Deb and Brady Kowalzek “We can’t wait to not have standing water in our house when it rains” Such a simple wish, however for Deb and her son Brady, this is the reality they live in. Deb spent most of her life caring for others. A few years ago, Deb and her youngest son Brady…

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Andrews-Miller Family

“Keep trying, don’t quit, don’t give up, keep fighting” These are the words that Brian and Mandy live by and are teaching their children (ages 13, 9, 6 and 3). Brian and Mandy met when they were in recovery.  They had a good life and things were going well at least for a while. However,…

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Peterson Family

A tragedy transformed into a full circle blessing! Discouragement, uncertainty, despair, places and emotions we may all have experienced but for many this hopelessness clouds their vision to ever see any open door to improve their life. Dennis joined the military shortly after high school. Dennis had many dreams, but life handed him some challenges…

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Habitat Guatemala

We recently received this thank you letter from Makensie Brown, Development Officer, Hábitat para la Humanidad Guatemala recognizing our donation. I would like to personally thank you for your tithe during the month of February. Your donation has helped provide families like Carlos and Clementina’s with a new home, giving them the gift of an adequate space where they can raise their children.

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New Product Every Week

Stop in weekly to check out the new items. The volunteers and staff make numerous pickups and salvages to supplement the donations dropped off every week. 

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Kemp Family – 2019 Brainerd

“I just want wider hallways & doors” That’s a pretty simple response to the question of what’s needed to serve the Kemp family in their Habitat home. Paul’s in a wheelchair and he wants to be able to move down the hallway without scraping his hands on the walls; he wants to be able to get into…

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Bower Family – 2017 Park Rapids

“I will have my own bedroom!” April Bower and her two girls, Erika and Courtney are ready and eager to build their Habitat home this year. All three are currently living with April’s dad who has generously opened his home to them but is ready for his space to be his own. When asked what this build…

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Ray Lindberg – 2017 Brainerd

Ray Lindberg, “Papa Ray” “I can’t wait to have warm feet!” That’s a pretty simple request from a pretty amazing man. Ray Lindberg, or “Papa Ray” as he’s known by his 12 grandchildren, is so eager to move out of his cold, drafty trailer home and into a new Habitat for Humanity home with a heated…

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Thanks to Geo’s Paint & Finish

Here’s Tim from Geo’s Paint & Finish making a delivery back to us this morning!  Geo’s varnishes all of our interior trim and doors for our houses – so lovely and we are very grateful. Please call them when you have paint and/or finish needs – they do commercial and residential work. 218-820-4370. Do you have…

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Announcing: The Expert’s Eye!

We sell a lot of different things in our ReStore, and while we have amazing volunteers, we recognize that sometimes our electrical, hardware and plumbing departments of our Store could benefit from some professional help!  We don’t always have the professional experience to identify all of the pieces & parts that are donated to us…

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A big THANK YOU to the Staples Rotary Club

Thank you to the Staples Rotary Club for their combined club and individual donations totaling $1,150 to go towards the Habitat for Humanity remodel home in Staples.  The Ziegler family is so appreciative of your support.  They will soon be the newest members and homeowners in Staples with a safe and affordable place to live. Donate…

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Kern Family – 2016 Park Rapids

Meet Rachelle and her two boys, Logan (10) and Dean (8).  This family will be the new homeowners of a Habitat for Humanity home bought back from a previous partner family. For Rachelle and her boys, having a safe and affordable place to live will be life changing. Rachelle says “Thank you for this once…

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Crandall Family – 2016 Cass Lake

By Kendra Crandall “My name is Kendra Crandall and I have 5 children: Adrianna (11), Lilianna (9), Nayanna (7), Frederick Jr (5), and Eveanna Littlewolf (1). I work at the hospital as a Certified Nursing Assistant.  It’s hard being the only parent providing for my children.  I have tried for many years to make things work…

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Ziegler Family – 2016 Staples

By Sheena Zielger In 2007, James and I began dating.  Three years later, we welcomed our first son—Hayden James—into the world. Our lives were perfect. In October of 2011, we found out we were going to have another baby, and we were very excited. That December, we had our first ultrasound.  This was the day…

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Johnson Family – 2016 Brainerd Thrivent Build

By Christina Johnson “Rick and I have been married for seven years.  We have two beautiful children: our 10-year old, Alexis, and Kendrick, who was born last December. We currently live in the old trailer home I grew up in.  It’s two bedrooms, and is literally falling apart.  The back door is caved in, we…

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Ramirez Family – 2016 Pequot Lakes

We are ready to build, Are you?  The foundation has been laid and construction is scheduled to begin Novmber 7th!  Go to the link below to sign up! https://www.giveffect.com/campaigns/2866-pequot-lakes-build-ramirez Can you help us complete the funding for this home?  Follow this link to build hope and a place for the Ramirez family to call home!…

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Pietz Family – 2016 Pillager Catholic Apostles Build

Travis Pietz has recently become a single father of two young children (Emma who is 4, Nicholas who is 5). He found himself homeless after the mother of his children intentionally burned down their home. Travis has full custody of his children and is currently living with his grandparents, Chuck and Joanne  Martin. Chuck and Joanne are…

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Matten Family – 2015 Brainerd Essentia/St. Joseph’s Build

Joleen and her three children Zacharay, Keiauna, and Karter’s home was our 101st home built in honor of Sister Vivian Arts, one of the founders of Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity.  Joleen is a hard working member of the Brainerd community, currently working two jobs to make ends meet.   She and her children were living…

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Aanes Family – 2015 Brainerd Paul Mans Build

Heather Aanes and her two daughters’ Habitat for Humanity home was the 100th home built in memory of Paul Mans, one of the founders of Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity.  Just one year ago, Heather’s MS progressed. In such a short time she went from walking to now being confined to a wheelchair. Though Heather…

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Sellers Family – 2015 Brainerd Thrivent Build

Together, Amber and Jake have 6 children: (Not pictured:  Samantha, Keegan ) Chloe, Rory, Remy, and Baby Elijah.  Amber and Jake’s cousin was addicted to drugs.  At 7 months pregnant, she realized she could not take care of her baby and asked Amber and Jake if they would take him and raise him.  Without hesitation,…

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