Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Welcome to Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity. We're dedicated to helping our neighbors through home repair and rehabilitation projects in our region. See what's going on under news and projects below, or find out how you can get involved today.

News

Christmas Greetings

As the year winds down and we approach the start of 2015, the extended family of Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity takes time to reflect on our busy year serving the Twin Ports and North Shore area. Please allow me to share some thoughts from our 2014 build season with you, our faithful supporters.

Thrivent Financial Continues Local Partnership with Habitat

Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity
12/11/2014

For additional information contact:
Dave Nonnemacher, Executive Director
director@twinportshabitat.org

For Immediate Release

Thrivent Financial Continues Local Partnership with Habitat
Donation Designated as Matching Grant for Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity

Cars for Homes at Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity

Do you have an old or unused vehicle taking up space in your driveway or garage? Consider donating it to Habitat and support the work of providing safe, decent, affordable housing in the community. Visit www.habitat.org/carsforhomes for information about this program.

Habitat's Newest Partner Family Moves In

After many years of renting and dealing with less-than-ideal living conditions, Melissa Burrows and her family moved into their new home at 708 Weeks Avenue in Superior, Wisconsin on November 1. Melissa contributed over 240 hours of “sweat equity” to renovate the house, investing in a place she and her 3 children can call home for years to come. In the midst of unpacking her belongings and settling in at her house, Melissa remarked, “The house is absolutely amazing, we love it!”. A well-attended Home Dedication, accompanied by a Partner Family Picnic took place on October 1.

Give to the Max Day!

Contribute to the sustainability of Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity.

Copy and paste this link into your browser to view Habitat's page and donate: https://givemn.org/organization/Western-Lake-Superior-Habitat-For-Humanity

Why today?
Each hour Give MN will be drawing from all organizations that were donated to. For a chance to receive more money for WLSHFH we need people to donate this day, all day!

Cyclists Ride to Raise Money and Awareness

Once again, it's time for the Habitat 500! Cyclists will embark on a seven day journey from July 13-19 to ride 500 miles and raise money for Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity. You can sponsor a cyclist online through their Razoo pages:

Dave Nonnemacher, Rider #100

Phillip Birk, Rider #81

ReStore Hosts Art-Tastic Social

The ReStore hosting its first of hopefully many Art-Tastic Re-Purpose Socials on Friday evening!  Throughout the past month local artists and creative folks stopped by the Twin Ports ReStore and found items to re-purpose & create-a-new, folks grabbed everything from cabinet doors to bolts to cement trowels.  They took the items home, created-a-new and brought them back to the ReStore to be auctioned off at the Re-Purpose Art-Tastic Social.

Habitat Ice Home Hosting an Overnight Guest

Saturday evening Hermantown resident Rudy Hummel will be trading in his backyard quinsy hut for the Habitat Ice Home. Rudy has slept outside every night since June 6, 2013 and plans to continue to do so for an entire year. Hummel is raising funds for Habitat for Humanity through his GiveMN page - Snore-Outdoors-For-A-Better-World .  He states “At first, this was just a personal goal, but it has grown into much more. I chose to sleep outside; but there are many who don't have that choice.”

Upcoming Homebuyer Orientations

Are you or is someone you know looking for an affordable opportunity to buy a safe, decent home?

If you’re interested in applying for the Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity Homeownership program, one of the first steps is to attend a Homebuyer Orientation. During this session you will learn about the program, our houses and the requirements that we have for all applicants and homebuyers.

Homebuyer Orientation 9/19/2013

Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity will be holding our next homebuyer orientation on Thursday September 19, 2013 at 6:15pm at 1621 Broadway Street Superior, WI 54880.  Childcare will be provided.

Please call 218-722-3875 with any questions or visit or click here to visit our homeownership page.

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Projects

2014 Interfaith Build

Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity's A Brush with Kindness Program matches a sponsoring group and a community member's home repair needs. On October 14th, in conjunction with the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, members of Temple Israel and Glen Avon Presbyterian Church joined to repair and beautify a mobile home in Superior, WI. The mobile home belongs to Albert and Linda Reher who were told to replace the home's skirting and repair some other items to be within the standards of the park and within the requirements of their insurance company.

Ice Lantern Contest at the Habitat Ice Home

Register your homemade ice lanterns or globes at the Habitat Ice Home between 4:00pm-6:00pm on the Saturday January 25, 2014 at the Habitat Ice Home.  Get creative with your lantern - all designs welcome; any size, any shape, any color! The Ice Home is located in the Fitger's Complex Courtyard, 600 E Superior Street Duluth, MN 55802, in the outdoor space between Trailfitters and Midi Resturant.  Judging will begin at 6:00pm.

Habitat for Humanity Ice Home

Volunteers with Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity are teaming up with Carlson Refrigeration/Lakeshore Ice to construct a home from ice blocks in the Fitger’s courtyard. Artist Broc Allen designed the colorful structure and students from Harbor City International School helped put it together.

"Green Communities" Remodel Update

Work on our “Green Communities” remodel has progressed steadily this fall, but we’re missing the main ingredient—a qualified homebuyer.  The home is dried in and secure for winter and we'll take the month of December to let the electricians, plumbers and foundation crew do their work.  During that time we'll be hosting homebuyer orientations to find a family to fill that home up.  Stay tuned for updates to the construction schedule.

Giving a local Veteran a "Brush with Kindness"

We celebrated Veteran's Day by teaming up with the Home Depot Foundation and D.A.V. Duluth to bring mobility and freedom to Vietnam Veteran Gary Berg of West Duluth! 

Wells Fargo Housing Foundation supports local Habitat for Humanity with funding and volunteers

Trading ‘Money for Muscle’, Wells Fargo’s Team Member Volunteer Program provides financial support to established local and national nonprofit housing organizations that have demonstrated the ability to create homeownership opportunities for low- to moderate-income families. Wells Fargo team members help build, renovate, paint or repair a home for low-to moderate-income (LMI) people.

A Ramp for Al

Big Al is all smiles after his maiden voyage on their improved access ramp. The original ramp was only 8 ft. long and was very treacherous to navigate. This ramp is a full thirty feet and solid as a rock.

Bulldog Build

Lead by Ryan of Rymel Construction the 148th "Bulldogs" spent a Saturday priming all the siding and pre-building all the deck platforms and shed walls for our "Green Remodel". Click here to see more photos on Facebook.

 

Temple Israel Celebrates Sukkot with HFH

Members of Temple Israel in Duluth join us for the second year in celebration of Sukkot and safe decent housing. They wrapped our Green Remodel home in a warm blanket of DOW housewrap. The home will be a blessing for a family later this year.  Click here to see more photos from the day.

UMD Men's Lacrosse Team Annual Day of Service

UMD Mens Lacrosse joined us for the third year in row - raising funds and swarming our next house remodel with enthusiasm and skill. In a single Saturday they installed DOW rigid insulation around the entire house - boosting the R-value and bringing the home up to modern Green Communities standards for energy-efficiency. Way to go guys!  Click here for more photos from the workday.

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