Responding to Community Needs
Habitat Breaks Ground on Minnesota’s First “Veterans Build” Project
Military family gets a new home, volunteers get a chance to make a difference
St. Cloud, MN - September, 2018 – Following months of planning, the ground was broken on September 17th in a ceremonial launch of the first “Veterans Build” in the state of Minnesota for Habitat for Humanity. Soon a slab will be laid and construction will begin; ultimately providing safe and affordable housing for a veteran family. The property is located near downtown St. Cloud, donated by private party to Habitat to support its mission.
The house will be built by volunteers, along with more than two hundred hours of sweat equity by the new homeowner, family, and friends over the next 9-12 months. With oversight of Habitat, local contractors provide and supervise the work, and many gifts-in-kind from suppliers and builders will come together to make this home a reality. Once the home is complete, the chosen homeowner will purchase the home from Central MN Habitat for Humanity with an affordable mortgage and payment.
Quoting Habitat founder Millard Fuller, Minnesota’s statewide Executive Director Chris Vosbeek shared a guiding principle the organization is founded on, “Life is both a gift and a responsibility.” He went on to state that when community members come together, good things happen. The project launching in St. Cloud is a testament to that.
MidCountry Bank, Jacobs Financial, EMS and NETTwork Manufacturing provided key sponsorships to make this project a reality. “MidCountry Bank is pleased to be a part of this region’s first Veterans Build project,” said Steve Meads, President and CEO of MidCountry Bank. “We appreciate the opportunity to help a military family achieve their homeownership dream, while providing community volunteers and our local team members the chance to help construct this new home in the historic Northeast Wilson Park neighborhood.”
Watch for more information and volunteer opportunities on the Habitat for Humanity – Central MN website www.cmhfh.org. Habitat for Humanity is always looking for folks who can lend a hand to complete this important work.
Representatives for Habitat for Humanity – Central Minnesota joined sponsoring partners MidCountry Bank, Jacobs Financial and property donors to break ground for the first Veterans Build project in the state.
LOCAL HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AND MIDCOUNTRY BANK PARTNER FOR VETERANS
St. Cloud, MN – July, 2018 - Central MN Habitat for Humanity and MidCountry Bank announced their partnership in building a house for a military veteran and family. As a major sponsor of the build, this marks the Bank’s first engagement with Habitat in Central Minnesota, but not their first involvement in support of projects supporting veterans and their families in the Midwest. “We are so grateful for MidCountry’s care and support of Veterans causes through the years, and of course this major gift and partnership in our local area now; this enables us to get going on our very first Veterans Build! We already have other corporate and individual sponsors that have joined in the cause, and as more and more participate, our hope is that this will be the first of many homes for Veterans we will build in the years to come.”, commented Rick Nelson, Central MN Habitat’s Executive Director.
In September of this year, ground will be broken on the lot chosen in St. Cloud, and construction will begin. The house will be built by volunteers, along with more than two hundred hours of sweat equity by the new homeowner, family, and friends. With oversight of Habitat—as with all of their builds—local contractors provide and supervise the work, and many gifts-in-kind from suppliers and builders all come together in making these homes a reality; then, the chosen homeowner will be sold the home by Central MN Habitat for Humanity with an affordable mortgage and payment.
“We’re hoping that this will be a project that not only improves the lives of a Veteran and his/her family, but that the entire Veterans community in the St. Cloud area will unite and mobilize by volunteering in this build.”, says Nelson.
The search for a qualified applicant is on, and the period for applying is open through September 4, 2018. Further information, applications, and ways to become involved can be found at the Central MN Habitat for Humanity offices in St. Cloud, or via their website: www.cmhfh.org
MidCountry St. Cloud Branch Manager, Carol Veurink, in speaking of this new venture, says: “We embrace the opportunity to join Central MN Habitat in making homeownership possible for a Veteran in our community.”
Pictured, from left to right: Eileen Bitzan, Homeowner Services/Habitat; Rick Nelson, Executive Director/Habitat; Maureen O’Brien-Wieser, COO/MidCountry Bank; Mary Amann, Volunteer Coordinator/Habitat; Carol Veurink, Branch Mgr/MidCountry; Art Buhs, Construction Mgr/Habitat