Partner Family Information

Sweat Equity

Sweat Equity is an exciting cornerstone of the Habitat ministry, and it is designed to meet these three important goals:
  1. Partnership
  2. Pride in Homeownership
  3. Development of skills and knowledge

It is important that each family tracks their own Sweat Equity hours. The Family Services Coordinator will monitor electronic sweat equity logs each week, send each family an update via email, and sign off on the hours logged in the spreadsheet. You’ll have the opportunity to submit anything that is missing from that week.

Any hours that are not tracked during the month will not count towards the household total. It is important to keep this updated and hit the minimum of 12 household hours every month until your family moves into the house.

Other Requirements

Our Partner Families have agreed to the requirements that are outlined in the “Letter of Acceptance”. This document will be referenced multiple times during your partnership.
Review "Letter of Acceptance"
Review "De-Selection Policy"
Homebuyer Savings Plan

Please remember that each Partner Family is responsible for saving $3,000, by the time we close on your Habitat house. You should open up a new savings account and will be expected to provide Brianna an update each month, until the required amount has been met.

  • ~$1,000 for the first year of insurance premium
  • ~$2,000 for the other closing costs (Initial escrow deposit, taxes, etc.)
Homebuyer Savings Plan - 2022 Builds
Homebuyer Savings Plan - 2023 Builds
Build Photo Albums

Please upload any photos that you have take at each of our build sites!

2022 Builds

Fargo North Spartan Build

The Kester Family

Border States Build

The Adam Family

2022 CEO Build

The Martinez Family

The House that Hearts Built/Wells Fargo

The Deng Family

2023 Builds

2023 Build

The Inyu Family

2023 Build

The Amuri Family

2023 Build

The Hussein Family

2023 Build

The Olgeirson Family

Our Staff

Your primary contact person as a Partner Family, is Brianna Gruenberg.

There may be occasions where you will work with the other Habitat staff members, so we want you to be familiar with who they are.

Jim Nelson

Executive Director

jim@lakeagassizhabitat.org
218-359-0360

Pete Christopher

Resource Development/Marketing Manager

pete@lakeagassizhabitat.org
218-512-0109

Mike Vandal

Restore Manager

mike@lakeagassizhabitat.org
218-359-0361

Brianna Gruenberg

Volunteer and Family Services Coordinator

brianna@lakeagassizhabitat.org
218-359-0814

Humberto "Bert" Espitia

Construction Manager

bert@lakeagassizhabitat.org
218-359-0362

Brad Poitra

ReStore Floor Supervisor

Anna Poitra

ReStore Cashier

not pictured:

Recardo Johnson – Restore Associate

History

Lake Agassiz Habitat
for Humanity

Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity was started in 1991 by Phil Holtan, the campus pastor at Concordia College. The first home built was dedicated to the family on January 19, 1992. In the early years of LAHFH, there was no full-time staff, the Board of Directors and other dedicated volunteers took it upon themselves to make the dream of homeownership a reality for many families. LAHFH did, and still does, rely heavily on the support of the community to succeed.

In 2006 the Habitat ReStore opened its doors. The ReStore not only offsets the costs of operating the organization, but also diverts over a million pounds of reusable materials from local landfills every year.

Since the first home was built in 1992, Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity has been able to build 65 homes locally and 37 internationally through our tithing program.

Through the commitment and dedication of volunteers, businesses, congregations, community organizations and staff, Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity will continue to serve families for years to come.