news – 1/30/2020

ALUMS RESURRECTING THE "DREAM TEAM" MODEL

News Back in January, 2004, newly minted Habitat Affiliate Coordinator Matt Sutton recruited a group of volunteers he referred to as The Dream Team, which consisted of some adults from his church in IL, New Covenant Fellowship, and some of his fellow alums from the University High School (Urbana, IL) Class of 2004. Read More ›

news – 1/30/2020

THE RETURN OF THE MUCH-APPRECIATED MINNESOTANS

News On Saturday, November 2nd, 2019, a group of six left Stillwater to travel to Clarksdale, MS, to spend a week working on a Habitat for Humanity home. The group consisted of Jenny Powell, Peggy Peterson, Tom Weber, Carol Weber (all St. Paul Lutheran members), and two friends of SPLC, CAHFH Board member Marlay Smith from Stillwater and Christa Scheider from Duluth. Read More ›

news – 10/24/2019

LIVING OUT THE "LONG OBEDIENCE IN THE SAME DIRECTION:" URBANA HIGH SCHOOL, OCT. 2019

News On Saturday evening, Oct. 12, a crew of 20 volunteers from Urbana (IL) High School arrived at the Habitat dorm, and I was very happy to see them. There is a long history here—I actually graduated from this high school 51 years ago—but that’s a peripheral feature of the narrative. The group was led by UHS teachers Mark Foley and Laura Koritz (ably assisted by Taryn Smith and Sara Jones), and Mark and Laura are the real story. Read More ›

news – 10/14/2019

THE CULMINATION OF A LONG JOURNEY

In 1999, Margaret Brown received a phone call from Orrden Williams, longtime CAHFH board member and member of the Homeowner Selection Committee. His message to Ms. Margaret was short and sweet: “You have been selected by our committee to be the newest Habitat partner.” The news was greeted by a joyful shriek on the other end of the phone, and a new chapter was about to begin in the housing saga of Margaret Brown. Read More ›

news – 8/16/2019

THE SUCCESSFUL END TO A CHALLENGING CHAPTER: SFX GROUP #3

As we end the construction year in Clarksdale (too hot for any more building until the fall), it seems good and right to see this time as the end of a chapter. Since the beginning of 2019, friends of CAHFH from all over the world have rallied to help save the affiliate, and these efforts have been richly rewarded. During the trying 7 months between January and July, we have succeeded in reconstituting an invigorated board of committed members representing our major constituencies, we have paid off the lion’s share of the debt left at the end of the year, we have obtained insurance for all of our homeowners and have pioneered new ways of involving and affirming them, and, to top it all off, we have found an umbrella organization that will embrace us Read More ›