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Meet the Nieman Family!

After growing up on a farm and graduating from Little Falls High School, Jonathan’s path to homeownership has been long, and long overdue. Service has been and continues to be Jonathan’s mission.  Starting with a 1-month stint in Thailand through Youth With A Mission, Jonathan then enrolled in the US Army to serve his country.…

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Meet the Spaid Family!

Meet the Spaid Family! Most parents raise their children with a goal to be successful in life. They teach their children basic life skills, how to overcome challenges, and to eventually live independently. Sean and Amy are doing just that with their 2 young girls. However, they have an additional “worry” for their oldest daughter,…

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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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