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

March 2016
Habitat News Tribune
A Message from the Editor
Hi, everyone! 

March is Women's History Month and a time to appreciate and celebrate all of the strong, intelligent, hardworking women in our lives. At St. Croix Valley, we are blessed with many such women.

Our administrative office could not function without our office manager, Debbie Murtha, or our bookkeeper, Amy Henry. Our River Falls ReStore is lucky enough to have Sarah Rose as the manager; Chelsey Smith and Rose Landin as donation assistants; Alma Silver as the social media consultant; Justine Ness as the marketing intern; and Roselyn as one of the HabiCats. The New Richmond ReStore is just as blessed to have Brenda Berner as the assistant manager and Cindy Jo Jasperson as a donation assistant.

Our committed board of directors is headed up by the extremely hardworking Maureen Otwell and is comprised of the equally talented Heather Logelin, Maureen Wegleitner, Liz Swank, and Sarah Bruch.

There are too many women to name who serve on our various board committees; volunteer at our construction sites or at the ReStore; and act as community partners, but it is a blessing to be able to work with them all.

Finally, we would be remiss if we did not mention the wonderful women in our over sixty partner families. Their successes serve as a wonderful reminder of the reason why Habitat does what it does.

Have a great day,
White and E-Waste
Our River Falls ReStore is currently not accepting any white waste or e-waste products.

These products can still be recycled at our New Richmond store or at Best Buy. 
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.
Donate a Vehicle to SCV-Habitat, and Help Us Build Houses

Board of Directors

Maureen Otwell



Joel Skinner
Vice President 

Don Richards

Bill Stokes

Sarah Bruch

Peter Kilde

Heather Logelin

Roger Pavlis 

Bill Richard

Chuck Boeder

Gary Konkol

Liz Swank

Maureen Wegleitner

Executive Director

Project Manager
Office Manager
Office Assistant

Outreach and Faith Relations VISTA
ReStore Manager - New Richmond

Donation Procurement 

ReStore Assistant Manager - New Richmond

Donation Assistant - New Richmond

Donation Assistant - New Richmond

ReStore Manager -River Falls

ReStore Associate - River Falls

ReStore Social Media Consultant - River Falls
Corporate Partners
Four More Come Aboard
At the last board of directors meeting, our affiliate welcomed four new board members: Chuck Boeder, Gary Konkol, Liz Swank, and Maureen Wegleitner.

Charles (Chuck) Boeder has his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Illinois and started working at 3M in 1978. At 3M, he was the principle inventor on four patents and started managing research and development in 1991. By the time he retired in 2011, he was the vice president of R&D. Since his retirement, he's been active in several volunteer organizations, including our affiliate, where he has been a regular member of the "Tuesday crew" since late 2011.

Dr. Gerald (Gary) Konkol is a family medicine physician with Allina Health in Woodbury, MN. Dr. Konkol's professional interests focus on holistic medicine, auto-immune diseases, and preventive medicine. When he's not working, he enjoys biking, camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, reading, gardening, and traveling.

Elizabeth (Liz) Swank has received a juris doctorate degree and a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution, and she has worked as an assistant Dakota County attorney in Hastings, MN since 2011. She enters the board with a long-time commitment to public service having been very active in alcohol, drugs, and sexual assault awareness programming, mock trial competition judging, and volunteering with the Special Olympics.

Maureen Wegleitner received her juris doctorate degree from the Hamline University School of Law in 2002. She worked as an attorney for Bakke Norman and Eckberg Lammers before opening her own business, Wegleitner Law, LLC in 2011. Maureen has been extremely active in community service since 1987 when she started sitting on various committees for St. Patrick School and Church. She is also a board member on the Hudson Area Backpack Program, the Hudson Community Foundation, and Operation HELP/SOURCE.

Please join us in welcoming these latest members aboard!
Spread the Word!
We have reopened our New Richmond homeowner applications! We will now be accepting applications through March 31.

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!

Please pass this information along to anyone who is interested!
Welcome, Rose!
Our River Falls ReStore welcomed a new face this past month. Rose Landin is now working as a donation assistant, so make sure to stop in and say hi!
Rose Landin
Growing Healthier Thanks to Allina
We'd like to say a quick thank you to Allina for granting us a Neighborhood Health Connection grant to help us grow the community gardens in our Eco Village.

The homeowners will have the opportunity to attend seven sessions, which will be led by Sonja Maki from the Univeristy of Wisconsin - River Falls. Sessions will cover how to design and layout a garden; using cold frames; building raised garden beds; planting and maintaining moisture; composting and mulching; weeding and harvesting; and intercropping and crop rotation.

The homeowners are excited for the opportunity to learn how to grow their own food and, in turn, grow healthier thanks to Allina. Stay tuned for updates on the gardens' progress!
One of the community garden cisterns.
River Falls Anniversary Bash
We want to thank everyone who came out to the River Falls ReStore on Saturday, March 5 to celebrate the store's 1 1/2 year anniversary bash.

The silent auction, sales, and food provided by the University of Wisconsin - River Falls Agriculture Business Quiz Bowl team were a success! We greatly appreciate all of the support we've received from the community and its members this past 1 1/2 years, and we are looking forward to many more anniversaries to come!

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