"A world where everyone has a decent place to live..."
Habitat News Tribune                             February 2016 
A Message from 
the Editor

February, already?
While the winter blues can start to catch up with us this time of year, February is gearing up to be a month full of of planning here at Habitat as we beginning to 'think spring!' The staff and volunteers are getting a little antsy as we eagerly anticipate the projects that will await us in the spring, summer, and fall.

For now though, we enjoy winter, for what fun is it to only dream about future seasons and not cherish the moments we are experiencing now. Winter means we get to reflect upon all the goodness of last year and look forward to the excitement of a new year in the midst of planning. 

Come dream and plan along side of us. Read about some of our plans in this newsletter and contact us to learn how you can be involved.

Warm winter wishes, 
Tiffany

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Deadline Extended!
Homeowner Application Deadline Extended through March!

Applications for homeownership have been open since the beginning of January, and we have extended the deadline for submission through March 31st. Applications are being accepted for the New Richmond and possibly Hammond areas. We plan to build 2 or 3 homes, breaking ground this spring.

Do you qualify for our homeownership program or know someone who might? Start your application today! Remember, there are requirements that must be met in order to qualify, which you can also find on our website by clicking here. For more details about the road to homeownership, read through the step-by-step guide, The Road Home and view this informational brochure. Contact us with any questions. 

You can download the application by clicking here , finding it under the "Our Services" tab on the t op banner of our website, or by calling the office at 715-425-5623. 
This promotional flyer outlines the basic qualifications as well as the financial requirements for our homeownership program. Feel free to print the flyer and help us spread the word.
Calling all Grocery Shoppers!
Help Provide Shelter... A SpartanNash Foundation Fundraiser

St.  Croi x Valley Habitat for Humanity is proud to partner with the SpartanNash Foundation during its retail scan campaign to provide shelter in the local community. Between Feb. 8 and 19 , store guests who visit any of the three Family Fresh Markets and one Econofoods in Pierce and St. Croix counties will have the opportunity to donate $1, $5 or $10 at any checkout lane, with 100 percent of dollars raised going to St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity. 

Our stor es : Family Fresh Markets in Hudson, New Richmond, and River Falls; and Econofoods in Somerset.

SpartanNash - which owns the Family Fresh Markets and Econofoods supporting the local Habitat affiliate - underwrites the cost of the fundraising campaign so that all donations will have a significant impact in the local community where it was raised. SpartanNash also provides financial support, and many company associates volunteer at Habitat affiliates throughout the year.
 
"The SpartanNash Foundation is our company's charitable givin g arm, supporting community nonprofit organizations that provide hunger relief, secure shelter and support our military heroes," said Meredith Gremel, vice president of corporate affairs and communications and executive director of the SpartanNash Foundation. "Through our retail scan campaigns, we have developed many strong partnerships with local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and, in partnership with our store guests and associates, we are excited to continue to support them in 2017."

We are excited to work with these Family Fresh Markets, Econofoods and the SpartanNash Foundation - and we can't wait to see the generosity store shoppers will demon strate  during  the 12 -day scan  camp aign! 

What's New?
2017 National Women Build Week

We are excited to announce that St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity has been selected as one of 300 affiliates to participate in National Women Build Week! Held the week leading up to Mother's Day in May, NWBW is in its 10th year of "spotlighting the homeownership challenges faced by women and subsequently their children and challenging women to devote their time to help build affordable housing in their local communities." 

SCVH participated in NWBW, sponsored by Lowe's, in 2015 with a two-day event at the Eco Village. We look forward to this year's Women Build which will take place between May 6th through May 14th. Stay tuned for future announcements related to the Women Build. We will be in need of volunteers to help us make this a fantastic event. Volunteers can help in a variety of ways from planning to fundraising to building.

If you would to be involved, please contact Sarah Rose (sarah.rose@scvhabitat.org) or Tiffany Franck (tiffany.franck@scvhabitat.org) through email or by phone at 715-425-5623.
Meet our New Board Member, 
Mark Petersen

Mark Petersen is President of Sawbill Companies, Inc. and Principal of Petersen, PLC. Since 2009, Sawbill Companies and its affiliates have acquired and rehabbed over 200 homes throughout Minnesota. Petersen, PLC provides real estate legal counsel for a small group of long-term clients. Mark has particular expertise in Minnesota foreclosure laws and procedures.
 
Mark coordinates medical and dental service trips to Bois Tombe, Haiti through Friends of Haiti, New York. He and his wife, Karen have two teen-aged daughters and live in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. 
 
Mark's professional and personal experiences connect well to the mission and vision of Habitat, and to that we say, 'welcome aboard, Mark! We look forward to having you on our team!'  

Attention Thrivent Members

Thank you for all your support and dedication to SCVH in 2016, and for choosing to direct your Thrivent Choice Dollars our way. 2016 Choice Dollars expire on March 31st, so don't delay one more day! Direct those Dollars! Click on the picture below for more information and to direct your Choice Dollars today. 
 
Looking Forward
Future Partnerships

We are seeking nonprofits to partner with to fulfill our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Do you have an idea for how we might be able to partner together or want to chat about possibilities? 
Contact Sarah Rose  via email at sarah.rose@scvhabitat.org or call the office at 715-425-5623. 
In addition to the 2 or 3 homes we are plan to build this year, SCVH is continuing our A Brush With Kindness program. We are able to help current homeowners with exterior projects in that allow families to remain in their homes and continue to live with the peace of knowing they have a place to call home. We look forward to another year filled with ABWK projects. 

Do you or someone you know need assistance with exterior repairs? Check out more information on the program, qualification requirements, and to download the application by clicking here.
Looking to Volunteer?

If you would like to volunteer with us or learn about different volunteer options, contact Sarah Rose at sarah.rose@scvhabitat.org or at 715-425-5623. Our volunteers are essential to the work of Habitat and we would love to have you join our team.
St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity 
116 E. Elm Street
River Falls, WI 54022