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Habitat for Humanity supporters are narrowing the gap

Habitat for Humanity supporters are narrowing the gap

One month ago, Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity (LAHFH) started a $100,000 Bridge Funds fundraising campaign to help bridge the gap between current expenses and new dollars needed to build a home for a partner family in need.

LAHFH staff, board members and key volunteers pooled together $19,000 to be used as a dollar for dollar challenge gift to members of the community. So far community donors have stepped forward with $14,193 in donations. Only $4,807 is needed from the community to leverage the full support of the challenge gifts.

Kevin Pelkey, Executive Director noted, “We are blessed that our key stakeholders drove forward the Bridge Funds campaign to help us deal with our funding gap. It will enable the start of our first 2012 home renovation at Brainerd Oaks for the Churchill family, who has been waiting for a home since 2006, after losing their home in a fire. It will allow them to regain housing stability.”

“Gifts of any amount are greatly appreciated. Donors have stepped forward to help support our expenses, but we still have much work to do. We have four more families approved for housing and another 225 families on the waiting list for an application. The generosity of donors and volunteers is what enables local families to see their dreams of a home become a reality,” said Shelli Urness, Development Director.

Besides gifts of cash, donations of furniture and home building materials for the ReStore are greatly appreciated. As spring cleaning and rummage sale season approaches, the staff at LAHFH reminds people that they accept donations, which are in turn sold at the ReStore to raise money to support its operations. All gifts are tax deductible.

Those interested can donate online at or mail a gift to: LAHFH, P.O. Box 234, Brainerd, MN 56401.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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