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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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