Building Homes, Building Hope

The Beginning of Habitat

Building Hope

It was the 60’s in Americus, Georgia when the first inklings of what is now Habitat for Humanity took shape. On a small community farm called Koinonia, a farmer and a biblical scholar practiced the art of sharing goods, seeking to put God’s love into action. The scholar, a man named Clarence Jordan, met a couple named Millard and Linda Fuller who shared a similar mission. Together they developed the idea of “partnership housing.”

The idea was that those in need of adequate housing could work alongside volunteers to create affordable homes. The houses, built at no profit, would be paid for through no-interest loans provided by supporters. Fundraising would be pooled to build even more homes. They called it “The Fund for Humanity.”

Dream became reality when the first concrete-block home was given to a couple, Beau and Emma, and their five kids. They had a modern kitchen, indoor bathroom and heating system -- much different from the unpainted, uninsulated shack with no plumbing where they had previously lived.

After taking their mission global to Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and then returning to the United States, the Fullers officially launched Habitat for Humanity International in 1976.

The Fullers in ZaireToday, over 40 years later, this global organization has helped build, renovate and repair more than 1,000,000 affordable houses. These homes are now sheltering more than 9.8 million people worldwide.

Locally, Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity (LAHFH) is proud to be a part of this global story that is changing lives.

LAHFH strives to eliminate substandard housing right here in the Fargo/Moorhead community by constructing and rehabilitating homes for low income families. We believe that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety. We believe that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

With the generous support of donors and volunteers, LAHFH has made a lasting and meaningful impact in our community by helping local families realize their dreams of home-ownership. We have served 55 families, by constructing or renovating homes in Cass and Clay Counties.

This Giving Hearts Day, we want to open even more doors for our partner families. To do this, we’ve determined that a donation of just $24 will purchase one doorknob. This is how YOU can help open the door for a local family so they can have a safe affordable place to call home.

On February 9, 2017, your donation will be multiplied by Western State Bank, First Lutheran, Olivet Lutheran and other generous donors. It the best way to show your support, and maximize your gift.

Join Lake Agassiz Habitat, and #givewhereyoulive this Giving Hearts Day, by giving HERE on February 9!

 

4 Date Night DIYs for Valentine’s Day

How do you and your partner celebrate Valentine’s Day? The usual dinner and a movie? The expected flowers and chocolates? Sometimes the traditional can get a little tiresome. If you’re looking for a different way to spend V-Day, a DIY date night might be for you!

Habitat ReStore has all of the materials you’ll need to make these four DIY projects that can be enjoyed by two. Grab your Valentine, roll up your sleeves and get crafting!

1.DIY Vintage Shutter Headboard

If you and your partner share a bedroom, add a romantic touch with a set of old shutters. Just scrub them down, add a coat of bright paint and you have a brand new headboard to love.

2. DIY Dresser Wine Rack

Whether you and your partner enjoy reds or whites, this clever dresser wine rack might be the perfect addition to your wine nights. Removing the drawers creates room to store all your favorite bottles!

3. DIY Pallet Wood Sign

If easy DIY décor is more your thing, you’ll fall head-over-heels for this project. Create a charming sign for your bedroom or living room out of pallet wood, then paint it with a design you love.

4. DIY End Table Coffee Station

If you and your partner enjoy a cup (or two, or three) of coffee every morning, you’ll love this handy coffee station. An old end table makes the perfect place to store your mugs, coffee pot, and all the extras.

 

Please consider a donation to Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity on Giving Hearts Day, Thursday, February 11th. 

 

Four Frugal Décor DIYs for Fall

Sunny sunflowers, crimson leaves, bright orange pumpkins. Fall is full of colorful ways to decorate! It’s the perfect time of year to cozy up and get crafty with affordable DIY décor projects. Get in the mood for autumn with these four upcycled projects, and stop into ReStore for many of the materials you’ll need at low prices!

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Birds need a place to bathe, even in autumn! Upcycle an old lamp to create a striking bird bath for your backyard or garden. When the weather gets too cold for water, you can fill it with bird seed.

 

 

 

 

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Repurposed fence boards can be crafted into an eye-catching art piece
for your front porch. Make it fall-themed with gold paint and sunflowers, or create a spooky Halloween
scene with glow-in-the-dark paint and cobwebs!

 

 

 

 

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Fence Pumpkin Sign

Here’s another idea for those old fence boards (you can also use scrap wood). Cut them down to the right size and craft them into a cute pumpkin décor piece for your yard or home.

 

 

 

 

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Who knew a simple scrap of wood could be transformed into a fall decoration? Create a rustic candle holder using only a piece of wood, an old ladle and some foliage.

5 Dual-Purpose DIYs for Your College Dwelling

Bunk beds. Bulky desks. No room to store ANYTHING. Welcome back to college life!

Whether you live in a dorm or an apartment, space is often tight when you’re in college. Finding places to store everything can be a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be.

Check out these five DIY projects that provide you with a functional furniture piece AND a place to store your stuff. You’ll find all the affordable materials you need to build them at ReStore. And now when you stop by, you’ll receive an extra 10% off your purchase when you show us your college ID!

1. DIY Rolling Ottoman

  If you enjoy building things from scratch, you’ll love this project. Just pick up some wood, hardware and stain from ReStore and create this simple rolling ottoman! It’s the perfect place to rest your feet while lounging—and store those extra books and snacks.​

2. DIY Magazine End Table

  Whether you’re into Cosmo or Sports Illustrated, this rolling magazine end table is a multi-functional place to store magazines AND set your coffee mug while you write last-minute essays at 3 a.m. You can build one from scratch, or save time by using pallets from ReStore!

3. DIY Coffee Table

  If your dorm room or apartment has a little more room for living room furniture, consider creating this storage coffee table out of an old door from ReStore. It’s big enough to store larger items like blankets and pillows, while your textbooks will make themselves at home on top.

4. DIY Desk Divider

  When you’re living in a dorm, there’s not much privacy involved. This clever desk divider can help. It’s created from a simple yet sturdy bookshelf—something you can find at ReStore. It provides you with extra privacy, and you’ll also get extra space to store your books and supplies!

5. DIY Drawer Shelves

  Who knew salvaged drawers could be a lifesaver? Pick some up at ReStore, then paint and stack them to create drawer shelves (you could even mount them on your walls). Fill them with your favorite picture frames, plants and more. When it’s time to move out, use them as boxes!

 

Don’t forget to stop by ReStore for 10% off your DIY materials when you show us your college ID!

 

Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 210 11th Street North in Moorhead, Minnesota. Our hours are 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Tuesday through Friday and 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday. Visit us online at lakeagassizhabitat.org, or find us on Facebook under Lake Agassiz Habitat ReStore.

 

Meet the Brackins Family

Meet the Brackins Family!

The Brackins Family- Community Build, Fargo (2015)

 

Tenille is a hard working single mom with one daughter. She is excited to be a Habitat homeowner so that her daughter will be able to play outside in a yard and have a healthy home to live in. Tenille’s daughter has asthma and is extremely sensitive to cigarette smoke, molds and dust.  Having this home will be affordable for Tenille who works for Noridian, but it also means less doctor visits since the environment will be healthier. Tenille is another Habitat homeowner who is looking forward to the Partner Family Education classes because she wants to learn more about budgeting, home maintenance, yard care and energy conservation. Tenille has volunteered at build sites with Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity in the past and felt that it was rewarding to help families build their dream of home ownership. Tenille feels blessed that others are so willing to help her and her daughter.

Tenille and her daughter are the recipients of the Community Build Home in Fargo. Construction is in current progress and the Brackins Family are expected to move in this upcoming Fall.

The dream of safe and affordable homeownership wouldn't be possible for the Brackins Family without the help of the wonderful volunteers and community partners. Thanks to you, Tenille will have the peace of mind knowing her daughter has access to a brighter future.

 

 

        

9 Ways to Celebrate ReStore’s 9th Anniversary

9 Ways to Celebrate ReStore’s 9th Anniversary

Written by LaRissa Nelson

This week, the Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity ReStore is celebrating 9 years of making a difference in our community. Our success wouldn’t be possible without you—our shoppers, donors and volunteers—and we want to thank you. Join us at ReStore from July 21st through the 25th and help us celebrate our anniversary in these 9 ways:

 

1. Get even bigger discounts.

Select new and gently used items will be on sale all week, including doors, lighting, microwaves, dishwashers, carpet and more!

 

2. Experience fun for the whole family.

Saturday is Game Day! Stop in and take a putt in our Hole in One contest, or take a guess at the number of nails in the ReStore nail bin. Prizes will be awarded!

 

3. Win awesome prizes.

If you make a purchase at ReStore during our anniversary week, you’ll be entered to win one of many prizes, including:

  • ReStore gift cards up to $50
  • Science Museum of Minnesota vouchers
  • A one-night stay at the Fargo Holiday Inn
  • Mall of America package (Nickelodeon Universe, Moose Mountain and coupon book!)
  • Twins retired player and coach, Tony Oliva, signed print

 

4. Enjoy Free Float Friday.

Stop by on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and get a complimentary root beer float!

 

5. Give back to the community.

Proceeds from your ReStore purchases benefit Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building affordable homes for families in need in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

 

6. Help reduce waste.

Your donations to ReStore help keep usable building materials, home improvement products and appliances out of the trash. With your help, we’ve diverted over 8.5 million pounds from landfills! Donate your gently used extra furniture, outdated appliances and more whenever you can.

 

7. Spread the word.

Tell your friends about us! Have a friend tag along with you the next time you stop into the store, or share photos of some of your favorite upcycled ReStore projects on your social media pages. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Pinterest, where we share our latest in-store items and DIY inspiration.

 

8. Restore something of your own.

Feeling crafty? Get DIY ideas on our previous blog posts and Pinterest, and check out our Facebook page for some DIY projects we’ve done right at ReStore. Then pick up the supplies you need for your next project at our store. (And don’t forget to show us a before and after picture—we love to see the things people make using ReStore materials.)

 

9. Ask us about more opportunities for involvement.

There are a variety of volunteering opportunities at ReStore. Whether you want to get your hands dirty with deconstruction or prefer something a little more low-key, contact us and we’ll set you up with the volunteer opportunity best suited to you.

 

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Building Hope

It was the 60’s in Americus, Georgia when the first inklings of what is now Habitat for Humanity took shape. On a small community farm called Koinonia, a farmer and a biblical scholar practiced the art of sharing goods, seeking to put God’s love into action. The scholar, a man named Clarence Jordan, met a couple named Millard and Linda Fuller who shared a similar mission. Together they developed the idea of “partnership housing.”

The idea was that those in need of adequate housing could work alongside volunteers to create affordable homes. The houses, built at no profit, would be paid for through no-interest loans provided by supporters. Fundraising would be pooled to build even more homes. They called it “The Fund for Humanity.”

Dream became reality when the first concrete-block home was given to a couple, Beau and Emma, and their five kids. They had a modern kitchen, indoor bathroom and heating system -- much different from the unpainted, uninsulated shack with no plumbing where they had previously lived.

After taking their mission global to Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and then returning to the United States, the Fullers officially launched Habitat for Humanity International in 1976.

The Fullers in Zaire.

Today, over 40 years later, this global organization has helped build, renovate and repair more than 1,000,000 affordable houses. These homes are now sheltering more than 9.8 million people worldwide.

Locally, Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity (LAHFH) is proud to be a part of this global story that is changing lives.

LAHFH strives to eliminate substandard housing right here in the Fargo/Moorhead community by constructing and rehabilitating homes for low income families. We believe that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety. We believe that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

With the generous support of donors and volunteers, LAHFH has made a lasting and meaningful impact in our community by helping local families realize their dreams of home-ownership. We have served 55 families, by constructing or renovating homes in Cass and Clay Counties.

This Giving Hearts Day, we want to open even more doors for our partner families. To do this, we’ve determined that a donation of just $24 will purchase one doorknob. This is how YOU can help open the door for a local family so they can have a safe affordable place to call home.

On February 9, 2017, your donation will be multiplied by Western State Bank, First Lutheran, Olivet Lutheran and other generous donors. It the best way to show your support, and maximize your gift.

Join Lake Agassiz Habitat, and #givewhereyoulive this Giving Hearts Day, by giving HERE on February 9!