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Meet the Guevara Family!

Imagine growing up in a small town surrounded by family and friends and a community where children walk to Grandma’s house or help with the garden in the back yard: where parents can take their children on a bike ride or push them on a swing. That is the childhood experience that Kim had and…

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Meet the Mancillas Family!

When Ashley became pregnant with their first child at age 15, her parents helped out.  A difficult time for anyone much less when a pregnant teenager.  Things turned dark for Ashley a few years later when her parents split up/divorced.  Her response to that was to connect with a crowd who did meth and so…

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Meet Desiree Thoemke!

A parent’s dream is to have the resources to properly raise children: a safe home; enough money to feed and clothe the kids; enough spare money to have fun things to share with kids; to watch them grow into thriving young adults. For Desiree, that is all a dream.  While things were on a good…

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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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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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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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