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

October 2015
Habitat News Tribune
A Message from the Editor
Hi, everyone! 

The beginning of September brought with it some color changes in the trees, crisp air, and large amounts of rain that eventually turned into flooding in some areas.

One of those areas ravaged by floods was Eleva, WI, where my brother, sister-in-law, and their three kids (7, 6, and 7 months) live.

While on a camping trip, my sister-in-law received a text saying that their house was flooded. They thought it was a joke until they got home and saw that their entire basement was filled with water; 6-7 inches of water, mud and dirt in the first floor; and over 3 feet of water in the garage. The house had already begun to slide off its foundation, which was crumbling underneath their feet, and everything that they thought was salvageable was quickly overtaken by mold. Basically everything was lost.

Watching them go through this tragedy has been heartbreaking. However, watching them try to put their lives back together piece by piece has been a reminder of how precious and special being a homeowner is.

When life's stresses get to be too much, some comfort can usually be found by having a safe, decent home to return to, which is one of the many reasons why Habitat continues to do what it does.

Homeowner Applications
Our affiliate is still accepting homeowner applications for New Richmond through the end of October.

Applications are available at our website, administrative office, our ReStores, and multiple non-profit organizations throughout Pierce and St. Croix counties.

Feel free to contact us at 715-425-5623 with any questions you have, or you can visit our website for more information!
Let's Recycle!
What else is there to say other than that shopping at and donating to the ReStore is awesome!

Please consider donating to or shopping at either of our two ReStore locations. 

If your donations are too bulky to bring in yourself, please call our Donation Pickup at 715-690-4984 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

Kelly Cain



Sarah Bruch
Vice President 

Don Richards

Bill Stokes

Carol Merriman

Peter Kilde

Heather Logelin

Roger Pavlis 

Joel Skinner

Maureen Otwell

Bill Richard

Executive Director

Project Manager

Construction Manager
Office Manager
Office Assistant

Outreach and Faith Relations VISTA
ReStore Manager - New Richmond


Donation Procurement 


ReStore Assistant Manager - New Richmond

ReStore Manager -River Falls


ReStore Associate - River Falls

ReStore Associate - River Falls

ReStore Social Media Consultant - River Falls
A Brush with Kindness Project Nears Completion
"We are like celebrities in this town now!" exclaimed Diane and Bob Olson when asked about the reaction they have received now that the painting, steps, and sidewalk are finished on their house. "People will drive down the street, stop, back up, and yell out the window to us how fantastic the house looks," the couple continued.

While a majority of the house's repairs have been completed, replacing the roof and one window is still on the project's to-do list. Once those two things are done, the house will be almost exactly as Diane remembers it when her grandparents first owned it.

However, we need help from dedicated, committed volunteers to put the finishing touches on this house. If you are interested in volunteering with this project or donating materials or money, please contact Kayla through email or at 715-425-5623.
Proud homeowner, Bob Olson, can now walk safely and confidently down his home's new front steps.

President Carter Turns 91

President Carter celebrated his 91st on October 1. While the Carter family has been experiencing some medical hardships over the past few months, President Carter received good news from his medical team that he is cleared to go to the Carter Work Project in November.

This year marks the 32nd Carter Work Project. President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have been working on the Carter Work Project since 1984 and have yet to miss a year. There was no better way to celebrate President Carter's birthday with that wonderful news.
Happy Work-iversary, Jim and Dave!
September first marked the two year work anniversary of our executive director and project manager, Dave and Engstrom and Jim Cooper (respectively). We are more than blessed to work with and learn from two incredibly talented, intelligent, dedicated individuals.

Dave had this to say about his work anniversary:
"Two years has flown by. What an incredibly rewarding 2 years it has been as the Executive Director of St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity. We have been able to help families in need by providing beautiful, sustainable homes they can afford to buy and live in. We now have 2 ReStores in New Richmond and River Falls, and we are able to help those in need to maintain their homes with our Brush With Kindness program. Thanks to all the hundreds of volunteers, a great board of directors, and all the staff both past and present for being so devoted to the mission. Onward!"
Are You a Thrivent Member?
If so, considering donating to Habitat today. To celebrate the 10-year partnership between Thrivent and Habitat, Thrivent will add 10 percent to all donations made up until October 7.
Bacon Bash Helped to Bring Home the Bacon
September 19 marked an historic event for River Falls: the day the River Falls Bacon Bash became the largest free bacon festival in the nation.

It was also a pretty big day for our Habitat affiliate as well. Out of 15 competitors, most of whom cooked professionally, Habitat, with bacon-wrapped pork medallions, took fourth place (very close to third!) in the judge's competition. Not too shabby for a place that builds homes!

Our office would like to thank everyone who helped staff our Bacon Bash booth, prepared the food, stopped and ate some pork medallions, and donated to this fundraiser. It was a great time!
Executive Director, Dave Engstrom, is ready to serve up some pork medallions
(L-R) Board member Carol Merriman; homeowner Cori Fosmo; and Office Manager, Debbie Murtha
Who wouldn't want one of those?
UW- River Falls Volunteer Video
Check out this awesome SCV Habitat volunteer recruitment video made by the Office of Student Involvement at UW- River Falls.

Eco Village and ReStore Updates
This month, our affiliate was lucky to have great volunteers from Thrivent Financial, Joy Lutheran Church, UNFI, and Ellsworth High School out at the Eco Village and the Restore.

Also, the long-awaited ramp for the River Falls ReStore has been completed!

Check out below for all of the progress that has been made!
The River Falls ReStore now has a ramp thanks to the wonderful Dennis Rank.
These UNFI volunteers have mastered the art of the #helpie.

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