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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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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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