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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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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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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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