"A world where everyone has a decent place to live..."


July 2015
Habitat News Tribune
A Message from the Editor
Hello everyone! 

As I'm sure readers of previous newsletters are aware, the month of June marked some great changes for our affiliate. At the end of June, Susan Capparelli transitioned out of her role as Development Director and started her new position as Executive Director at St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice. 

Additionally, John Thompson, the previous AmeriCorps VISTA and   e-newsletter editor, has completed his VISTA term. Not to fear, however, as John is now working at our River Falls ReStore!

All of that being said leads me to my own introduction. My name is Kayla Ludwigson, and I am the new Outreach and Faith Relations VISTA. While I'm originally from Alma, WI, I had been living in Iowa for the past six years as I completed both my bachelor's and master's degrees at Upper Iowa University. However, I'm extremely excited to be back in Wisconsin and to be working with SCV-Habitat!

In my VISTA position, I will be helping with volunteer outreach and recruitment, fundraising opportunities (specifically with faith-based groups), and taking over SCV's web presence, including social media, the e-newsletter, and the website.

If you have any ideas for fundraisers, volunteer outreach, or just want to chat, please feel free to call me at the affiliate office or send me an email!

-Kayla Ludwigson
A Brush With Kindness 
A Brush With Kindness (ABWK) is entering its second season, and we need your help to continue building off the success from the program's first year! 

If you or someone you know in Pierce or St. Croix County will be facing a daunting home repair, home maintenance, or landscaping project in the spring, please contact Dennis Schmidt

For more information on ABWK, call our office at 715-425-5623 or visit our website.
Time for Spring Cleaning!
Even though the summer heat is upon us, it is never too late for spring cleaning!

Spring cleaning can be a daunting task, especially when you have items you no longer need but that are too good to be thrown away.

Let our ReStores help you with that!

Please consider dropping off your resalable building materials, landscape supplies, and large home furnishings at either of our two ReStore locations. 

If your donations are too bulky to bring in yourself, please call our Donation Pickup Hotline at 715-590-4984 to schedule a pickup. 

Our ReStores thrive on new inventory, so donate today!
Join our FAM Club!
The Fifteen Dollars a Month club is a hassle free and secure way to help fight poverty housing in the St. Croix Valley. Each month, for less than a couple meals at a restaurant, you can help provide a home for a local family in need.

With the FAM club, every month 15 dollars (or more, if you choose) will be 
securely transferred from your bank account to ours to help us cover the cost we incur on our noble mission. 

To sign up for the FAM club please, 
contact the office at 715-425-5623.

We at St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity would like to extend a very heartfelt and humble thank you to all of our donors for your 
beneficence; it is through your contributions that we may continue our righteous work.
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Board of Directors
2014-2015

Kelly Cain

President

 

Sarah Bruch
Vice President 

Don Richards
Secretary

Bill Stokes
Treasurer

Directors
Carol Merriman

Peter Kilde

Heather Logelin

Roger Pavlis 

Joel Skinner

Joe Greatens

Maureen Otwell

Bill Richard

Staff
Executive Director

Project Manager

Project Specialist/A Brush with Kindness

Construction Manager
 
Office Manager
 
Office Assistant
  
ReStore Manager - New Richmond
 
Donation Supervisor - New Richmond

 

Donation Procurement 
Supervisor

 

ReStore Assistant Manager - New Richmond

ReStore Manager -River Falls

 

ReStore Associate - River Falls

Outreach and Faith Relations VISTA
Andersen Blitz Build 

Andersen Corporation, North America's largest window and door manufacturer, has been an instrumental partner in helping turn the Eco Village dream into a reality. By providing all of the windows and some of the doors for the Eco Village homes, Andersen has demonstrated their commitment in helping Habitat build decent, affordable, and sustainable housing in the St. Croix County area. However, that commitment was furthered solidified through the Andersen Blitz Build.

The blitz was kicked off bright and early at 8 am on Thursday, June 18 as roughly sixty of Andersen's interns came to the Eco Village to help landscape, put up siding, paint, and many more projects completed throughout the eight hour work day. "Volunteering with Andersen, they told us to put our hearts into it, but now we get to use our hands, too," quipped Andersen interns Mikaela O'Keefe, Katie Miller, and Alejandro Bartolini (pictured below).

Andersen Corporation put both their hearts and their hands into the Eco Village the following week as a variety of Andersen employees, including some of Andersen's top executives, ventured to River Falls to lend a helping hand. While the blitz build kicked off on a rainy note, the volunteers' spirits were not dampened, and within the short week, they were able to put up all of the walls and trusses and install windows for two homes! It really gives credence to Margaret Mead's quote "that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world." 

Thanks once again to Andersen Corporation for their continued support and commitment to SCV-Habitat's cause and everyone who had a hand in making this blitz build an absolute success!
Andersen Interns (L-R) Alejandro Bartolini, Katie Miller, and Mikaela O'Keefe

Joy Lutheran Church Supports SCV

Joy Lutheran Church of Prescott has been a long-time, generous supporter of our affiliate. This year, though, Joy Lutheran outdid themselves by hitting the donation trifecta: donating money as well as  in-kind goods and volunteering. Each year, Joy Lutheran holds a plant sale fundraiser. Of the profits from this year's plant sale, Joy Lutheran sent SCV Habitat $1,000 as well as donating nearly a trailer full of plants that will be used for landscaping in the Eco Village. Also, on Saturday, June 27, a group of dedicated members from Joy Lutheran came to volunteer at the Eco Village, helping to put up drywall and other interior work. Tammy and Georgia (pictured below), two volunteers with Joy Lutheran, said that they support our affiliate because they are "so impressed with the commendable building practices" and because "giving back to the community makes you feel so good."

 

Thanks once again to Joy Lutheran Church of Prescott for its continued support and donations to our worthy cause. Everything you do is truly appreciated! 

Joy Lutheran presented SCV Habitat with a generous $1,000 donation
Joy Lutheran volunteer Tammy
Joy Lutheran volunteer Georgia
New Richmond ReStore Upcycle Contest
ReStore's vision of "recycle, reduce, reuse, and rebuild" was put to the test this past month as the New Richmond ReStore held an upcycling contest. 

Upcycling is taking old, often discarded items, and updating them into something beautiful and/or useful. Unlike recycling where the base material is broken down to be made into a new product, upcycling simply refashions the old item's purpose.

There was no shortage of creative, beautiful, and useful upcycle projects submitted in the ReStore's contest, but only three (well, in this case, four) projects could be chosen as the contest's winners. Those projects are 

1st place - Marla Pulkrabek for the Patio Accent Light
2nd place - Pam Bump for the Stained Glass Windows

3rd Place (tied) - Doreen Finstad for the Tin Man
3rd Place (tied) - Mania Moore for Wee Town

 
To see additional photos and descriptions of the upcycled items along with other news, deals, and happenings at the ReStore, please visit (and "like") our New Richmond ReStore Facebook page.
1st place - Marla Pulkrabek for the Patio Accent Light
2nd place - Pam Bump for the Stained Glass Windows
3rd Place (tied) - Doreen Finstad for the Tin Man
3rd Place (tied) - Mania Moore for Wee Town
New Richmond ReStore Upcoming Events

Summer is always a time for parades, and that is no different for our New Richmond ReStore staff. On Friday, July 10, New Richmond ReStore will take their place in the River Falls Days parade at 6:30 pm. The parade will run from Main and Summit Streets to Second and Spring Streets, so make sure to come check out their float!

 

The parades continue for the New Richmond team on Saturday, July 11 as they take part in the New Richmond Fun Fest Parade at 4 pm. The parade will go from Knowles Ave and 2nd St. E all the way to Paperjack Drive, so you will have plenty of opportunities to catch them in the parade!

 

The festivities do not end there for the New Richmond ReStore, however. On Tuesday, July 14, the ReStore is having its one mile ditch sweep clean-up on the east end of New Richmond (Highway 64) with the help of fourteen middle and high school students from St. Patrick's Church in Hudson. So, if you see them out working on the 14th, make sure to honk and show your support for all of their great dedication and service!

Summer is always a time for parades, and that is no different for our New Richmond ReStore staff. On Friday, July 10, New Richmond ReStore will take their place in the River Falls Days parade at 6:30 pm. The parade will run from Main and Summit Streets to Second and Spring Streets, so make sure to come check out their float!

 

The parades continue for the New Richmond team on Saturday, July 11 as they take part in the New Richmond Fun Fest Parade at 4 pm. The parade will go from Knowles Ave and 2nd St. E all the way to Paperjack Drive, so you will have plenty of opportunities to catch them in the parade!

 

The festivities do not end there for the New Richmond ReStore, however. On Tuesday, July 14, the ReStore is having its one mile ditch sweep clean-up on the east end of New Richmond (Highway 64) with the help of fourteen middle and high school students from St. Patrick's Church in Hudson. So, if you see them out working on the 14th, make sure to honk and show your support for all of their great dedication and service!

River Falls ReStore Receives Generous Donation

Our River Falls ReStore received an unexpected gift this past June. Store manager, Sarah Rose, was having a conversation with a customer about wanting to install an accessible ramp in the front of the store to make it easier, and safer, for all customers to be able to come in and enjoy the ReStore. 

 

Without any hesitation, this customer went home and returned five minutes later with her checkbook. While writing the check, the customer told Sarah and staff member Alma Silver that she grew up very poor and, after pursuing a philosophy major, had difficulty in finding high-paying jobs. However, she was left some money after her mother passed, and now she wanted to use that money for doing good.

 

After the customer left the store, Sarah and Alma looked at the check the customer had handed them. Much to Sarah and Alma's surprise, the check was written for $1,000 - double the amount of Sarah's $500 estimate for the ramp installation.

 

Everyone here at St. Croix Valley Habitat truly appreciates this customer's generous donation and all of the donations, whether monetary or in-kind goods, that we receive. All of the donations and support from the community are what allows us to continue our mission of providing, decent, affordable, and sustainable homes in our community.






St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity
116 E. Elm Street
River Falls, WI 54022