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Habitat dedicates two more homes (01/19/2005)
Habitat for Humanity-Winona County the Carlson and Gilligan families, Wells Fargo, Fastenal and local volunteers announce the dedication of the Habitat for Humanity homes they have built together at 741 and 749 Jimmy Carter Place in Winona.

The dedication celebrations for both families will take place on Thursday, January 27th starting at 5:15PM for the Gilligan family and at 6:15 for the Carlson family.

"We are thoroughly delighted to have two more homes completed in the Jimmy Carter Place neighborhood. Habitat relies on the commitment of many community partners to build each of our homes. We are particularly delighted to recognize Fastenal and Wells Fargo for their roles as lead partners in the construction of these two homes. Both corporate partners donated $25,000 in cash. Wells Fargo team members and Fastenal employees also logged over 1,300 hours of work on their respective homes. We are extremely blessed to have had two great corporate partners. These volunteers have worked tirelessly alongside of our college students, RSVP, seniors for Habitat, homeowners and other community volunteers. It is that spirit of collaboration that makes Habitat succeed in our community" said, Nancy Iglesias Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity.

"The employees at Fastenal are very proud to be partners with Habitat for Humanity of Winona. The response from the employees who wished to be involved was overwhelming. Each week there were more people wanting to help work on the home than we could accommodate. I think that it is exciting to work for a company that cares enough to donate not only money but sweat to help improve the community. Our experience has been 100% positive and we hope that our efforts will provide a foundation for the partner family to build on." said Chris Williamson, Director of Quality, Fastenal.

"Wells Fargo understands the importance of affordable housing in Winona and works to create healthy communities through sponsorship, community partnerships and volunteer support," said Todd Thompson, Wells Fargo Bank Winona president. "The most rewarding moment is to see the smiling faces of the family we've helped."

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical, grassroots, Christian organization, dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat partners with homeowner families, the members of the local community, and volunteers to build simple, decent, affordable houses. The houses are sold to those in need at no profit, through no-interest loans.

To qualify for a Habitat home, families must currently live in substandard housing, be unable to obtain a conventional loan from a bank, have the resources to pay a monthly mortgage and be willing to partner with Habitat for Humanity. Before moving into a Habitat home, families must contribute 300 hours of "sweat-equity" to the building of the home and must make a modest down payment.

Habitat for Humanity-Winona County built its first home in 1994. Since then, twenty one homes have been built. In addition to the seventeen homes within the city of Winona, Habitat has built homes in Lewiston, St. Charles, Altura and Stockton.

To date eight homes have been completed by Habitat for Humanity-Winona County in the Jimmy Carter Place neighborhood with an additional three homes planned for this year. The City of Winona has completed four homes and the local HRA has completed a three-unit town home in the Jimmy Carter Place neighborhood.

Volunteers interested in helping with Habitat for Humanity projects or offering donations may call the Habitat for Humanity-Winona County office at 507-457-0003 or visit our website at www.habitatwinona.org. 


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