We’ve come a long way since
building our first home in 1991.
We all know that 2020 is a weird and challenging year. Although we’ve had to make some drastic changes to the way we build, our work is far too important to stop.
This year we are excited to be working with the Swanson and Hieb families to help fulfill their dream of homeownership. Both homes are located in Moorhead and will be life-changing for these two, great families.
With the COVID situation, your financial support is needed now more than ever. Typically, we lean on hundreds of volunteers who show up to help raise walls and change lives. This year, we are unable to have as many volunteers on our builds. Because of that, we are hiring professional contractors to carry the load. Although they are giving us tremendous discounts, we will still incur an additional $30,000 in building costs. Please consider a donation today to help us press on and build these homes. Every donation helps, no matter the amount.
2019 Dakota Blitz 3:10
June 2019, we took on a project that had never been done in our area before, building three homes in just 10 days, June 19-29! We had a blast and thank everyone who was a part of it!
This project is more than the homes, it was a great community event that helped highlight the ever-growing need for decent and affordable housing. We anticipate that this project will help us increase the number of homes we build and families we serve per year over year. The blitz happened in the Highland Meadows development in West Fargo, near the Harley dealership.
Joining us on this project was the Blitz Home Builders, a group of volunteers from around the country who select one Habitat affiliate per year to partner with. They are experts in expedited building and have done projects just like this from New Jersey to Hawaii. We are thrilled they have selected us as their 2019 project. For more info on the Blitz Home Builders, visit www.blitzhomebuilders.org
1991-2019: 63 Homes Built
Since 1991, Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity has been working to eliminate poverty housing in our community by partnering with over 63 families during their path to new homeownership. Throughout the years, we have built homes in six different communities throughout Cass and Clay counties including Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead, Dilworth, Casselton and Barnesville.
Many of these builds have been specialty builds (Thrivent, Realtor, Hero Build, etc.). Specialty builds can be created for all sorts of reasons. In honor of a special person, celebration of your companies anniversary, or just to do something different. If you would like more information on any of these builds or our we can create a specialty build for your organization, please contact Pete Christopher at 218-512-0109 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Without the support of our community volunteers, area churches, local businesses and organizations, students, home sponsors, and other non-profit organizations, none of these builds would have been possible. Thank you for your support!
Specialty builds can be arranged to celebrate special events, in memory/honor, to highlight groups (CEO Build), or just for fun (The House that Beer Built).
For over a decade, Thrivent has partnered with Habitat and area churches to build safe, affordable homes in partnership with those living in poor housing conditions both in the United States and around the world, through the Faith Build program.
Together, Thrivent, Habitat for Humanity, and the faith community help families in need of a safe and decent place to call home. With our communities, who put God’s love into action by pooling their power and passion, our partnership helps both those giving and those receiving on their journey to a more content, confident, and fulfilling life.
To date, our combined efforts have resulted in more than 5.85 million volunteer hours donated by more than 789,000 Thrivent members and other volunteers as part of the Habitat and Thrivent partnership. Additionally, Thrivent and its members have contributed more than $253 million to Habitat since the Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent partnership began in 2005.
The Habitat and Thrivent partnership consists of two programs:
- Habitat and Thrivent Faith Builds bring local Christian churches together to raise walls, funds and prayers to build a house in partnership with a family in the community.
- Habitat and Thrivent Worldwide allows volunteers to travel to international or domestic locations for a week or more at a time to build homes while experiencing other communities and cultures.
In 2019, Habitat and Thrivent built and rehabilitated 84 homes across the US. 150 additional homes were built through the Habitat and Thrivent Worldwide program which works in close partnership with the Global Village program. Global Village has been sending volunteer teams around the world for more than 25 years. Also, if you’re a Thrivent member, you may be eligible to receive funding support for a Habitat and Thrivent Worldwide trip.
The Fargo-Moorhead area alone, Thrivent has sponsored 21 homes by contributing more than $1.5 Million dollars. We are proud to have been selected for a 2020 Faith Builds home.
For more information, visit www.lakeagassizhabitat.org/faith
In 1991, a group of women in Charlotte, NC came together to complete the first all women built Habitat for Humanity home. This event inspired other Habitat affiliates across the country to embark on Women Build programs of their own. In 2007, Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity completed their first Women Build home. The Women Build program engages women of every race, age, and skill level to plan and build all aspects of a healthy and affordable home with an eligible family.
Through participating in the project, women have the opportunity to gain skills and confidence by working with an all-women team of volunteers in a supportive and empowering building environment.
Habitat for Humanity is a strong believer in serving those who have served. Habitat for Humanity’s Veterans Build is a national initiative aimed at providing volunteer, housing and employment opportunities to U.S. veterans, military service members and their families.
Why is Habitat for Humanity focusing on veteran needs?
● Nearly 4 million veteran households pay more than 30 percent of income for housing.
● More than 1.5 million of these households pay more than 50 percent of income for housing (severe cost burden).
● Nearly 1 million veterans who own homes are severely cost burdened, despite having access to VA loans and other assistance.
● A substantial subset of veterans struggles economically. Approximately 1.4 million veterans (6.7 percent) live in poverty.
Making a meaningful impact
This year, Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity has seen a dramatic increase in the number of families coming to us for help. Your direct investment in home building is needed now more than ever! Habitat for Humanity partner families benefit in many ways from the financial support of sponsorships, and we know that you, your family, or your organization will be enriched by the experience of supporting a hardworking low-income family in the construction of a new home.
Join local companies and philanthropists to make a meaningful impact on the community we all share.
If you or your group would like to help meet the critical need of affordable homeownership, please contact Pete at 218-284-5253 ext. 2, or e-mail email@example.com.
Benefits of home sponsorship include the following:
● Customized team building opportunities (construction lessons included)
● Priority build day scheduling
● T-shirts and lunch for participants
● Build site signage
● Participation in the wall raising ceremony together with the homeowner family.
● Participation in the home dedication ceremony.
● Marketing opportunities.
● Prominent recognition in Habitat print and on-line communications
● Please take a moment to reflect on the value of these experiences for your group.