VBS programs give to CMHFH

Two local churches, St. John’s Lutheran in Annandale and Celebration Lutheran Church in Sartell, featured Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity at their Vacation Bible School programs.
At St. John’s, the VBS students learned about shining their lights so that others can see and learn more about God. They talked about CMHFH every day and about how not everyone is as fortunate as they are. The students learned how to use their tools to help shine God’s love, giving their offering to CMHFH to help provide more people with the tools they need to build a successful future.
St. John’s youth ages 3-12 raised $453 to help a local family build a successful future. Celebration kids raised $522 for CMHFH.
Thanks to these generous kids for their donations. If you would like to learn more about how you or your church can get involved with Habitat, contact Kris Lehman.

Neighbors pitch in to help at the Thrivent Builds project

Partner Homeowner Jessy Rychart’s future neighbors donated a Saturday morning to help him landscape at his house and welcome him to the neighborhood.

These awesome volunteers really embodied CMHFH’s mission: Gathering communities to transform lives through affordable homeownership. Check out the awesome work they did!

Jessy’s home dedication is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at 217 12th Avenue North, St. Cloud.

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Construction Corner: YouthBuild

We were honored to be able to partner with YouthBuild, a program led by Tech High School teacher Bill Garceau, this summer. The work the team completed was of great help with our mission of building safe, affordable housing.


We have partnered with YouthBuild for at least 10 years, including last year’s first Tiger Build. Youthbuild is a program intended to teach youth construction skills. With the current shortage of construction workers, this program is a huge asset to our community and our local construction companies.


Bill Garceau and his YouthBuild team carried the ball during some tough tasks, and were a great help. It’s a win-win, with us giving the students practical construction experience, while we get a skilled teacher who can teach the more technical parts of a project. We look forward to working with YouthBuild in the future.

We’re making progress on our projects

Our volunteers and sponsors are making a lot of progress on our two current builds. Insulation has gone up and siding is nearly finished at the Thrivent Build, 217 12th Avenue North. Flooring is set to be installed the end of this week.


The Tiger Build is also in good shape. The stairs were successfully installed and framing is going up in the basement.


For more progress on our current builds, check out our Facebook page.

Habitat 500 rides to record success!

This year’s Habitat 500 had a record number of 13 riders who raised funds for Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity. Our riders braved rain and wind to ride an average of 71 miles a day for a total of 500 miles from July 10-16.


A big thanks goes out to this year’s CMHFH riders: Loretta Anderson, Mike Dorle, Mark Huseth, Jim Parsons, Steve Reetz, Michaela Roske, Shaun Rowley, Lynn Schurman, Donald Taylor, Molly Weyrens, Bea Winkler, Steve Wisniewski-Grzybowski and Bobby Youngdahl. Collectively, the group has nearly raised their goal of $20,000.


It’s not too late to help our riders reach their goal – you can still donate and help push the riders over the $20,000 mark! Contact Kris Lehman at 320-241-8662 if you have questions or are interested in donating!


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Volunteer Spotlight: Cheryl Roberts

Cheryl (third from the right) and a dedicated crew laid sod in the rain at Thrivent Builds 2013.

Cheryl started volunteering when Target did a volunteer day at the Restore. She continued to volunteer with Habitat when she found out that one of the families we were helping was the daughter of her best friend.

Cheryl thinks that Habitat is a great place to volunteer. “As a volunteer, you get to be involved with helping these families.  Knowing that in the end the families will be able to own their own home.  Watching the progress of the house from start to finish.  You would be amazed, If you could see the smiles and the happiness that this brings to the family.”

In her spare time, Cheryl likes to make things out of discarded items such as frames out of left-over tile. Cheryl also likes painting, so much that she has repainted every room in my house at least twice in five years.

Thank you Cheryl!

Learn how you can volunteer at Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity and ReStore.