Monday, September 21, 2009

Building Healthy Communities Through Partnerships with Habitat for Humanity

In addition to a sizeable financial contribution, Bremer St. Cloud recently had 14 volunteers out on a women build work day to rehab a home for Habitat for Humanity. This partnership opportunity is extended to many groups in the community who support the cause of providing decent, affordable housing and also help the neighborhood by diverting the impact of a home that was in foreclosure.

“This is the best way for us to respond to communities’ needs and conditions right now,” said Bruce Johnson, executive director of the Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity. “We’re trying to help neighborhoods overcome the unfortunate process that led to the properties to become vacant.”

The Bremer team hung sheet-rock in the home, applied dry-wall on the vaulted ceiling, and had fun learning more about the construction business. The Bremer Women Build Team for Habitat for Humanity included: Jean Chase Paris, Brenda Tiemens, Sara Draxler, Sandy Burklund, Carol Veurink, Heather Westby, Natalie Gill, Laurie Keller, Toni Abfalter, Debbie Talberg, Christine Bonnema, Jennifer Lage, Lisa Scharf, Linda Guggenberger and Mary Surma (photographer).

Bremer was also recognized at the kick-off event for our sponsorship award and the Community Builder level. Thank you for your participation in building decent, affordable homes in our community!!

Posted by Kathy Grochow, NRS, St. Cloud

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