"A world where everyone has a decent place to live..."
Habitat News Tribune                                   June 2017 
A Message from 
the Editor

It's almost Summer!
On June 21st, you can join with me in celebration that it's officially summer!

We've got a packed newsletter for you this month including highlights from our most recent project - the Women Build partnership with Turningpoint. So I'll keep this section short and leave you with a 'feel-good' quote from President Jimmy Carter:

"Earlier in my life I though the things that mattered were the things that you could see, like your car, your house, your wealth, your property, your office. But as I've grown older, I've become convinced that the things that matter most are the things that you can't see - the love you share with others, your inner purpose, your comfort with who you are." 
- President Jimmy Carter

Happy June,

Spring Cleaning
Are you prepared for spring cleaning this year? Do you have furniture or other items taking up too much room in your house? Donate it to Habitat today! Drop it off at the Roberts ReStore or call the ReStore to schedule a free pick-up.
ReStore Donation Hours:
Tues - Fri 9am - 5pm
Sat 9am - 12pm

Cars for Homes
Did your car not quite stand up to the winter weather? Do you have old tractors that aren't up for the spring season ahead? Donate your car to help SCVH! Your vehicle doesn't have to work to donate it. When you recycle a vehicle, you help Habitat build more homes and complete more repair projects in our community. Let others do all the hard work - all you have to do is make a phone call! Call 877-277-4344 or visit carsforhomes.org/Ed for more information.
One easy way to support St. Croix Valley Habitat is to shop via AmazonSmile. By choosing AmazonSmile, you still get the same great benefits from Amazon and 0.5% of your purchase is donated to SCVH. Simply click on the picture 
below or go to http://smile.amazon.com/ch/39-1857467Return to AmazonSmile for all your Amazon purchases and support us in the process! All AmazonSmile eligible purchases will be clearly displayed.
Get to Know Us
Board of Directors
Maureen Otwell

Joel Skinner
Vice President 

Don Richards

Chuck Boeder
Peter Kilde
Gary Konkol
Heather Logelin
Roger Pavlis
Mark Petersen 
Bill Richard
Liz Swank
Maureen Wegleitner

Executive Director

Community Engagement and Volunteer Coordinator

Office Manager

Outreach and Faith Relations VISTA
ReStore Manager - Roberts

Assistant ReStore Manager - Roberts

Donation Procurement 
Corporate Partners

New News
We're Moving!

Recently, we received word that the BMO Harris Bank branch in River Falls will be closing, which unfortunately, means our office also has to move. Don't fret, we're still working hard and looking forward to summer projects and beyond. Keep tuned for more updates and an official announcement of our new location soon!
United Way Grant

We are pleased to announce St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity has been named a grant recipient of United Way St. Croix Valley thanks to the generosity of the community in the 2016 campaign.  SCVH has been awarded $5,500 and it will allow us to continue to provide home repair services for low-income homeowners.

Existing homeowners are increasingly faced with a rise in living costs, home maintenance costs, medical bills, among other items. A sudden job loss or medical crisis can be the difference between living in a stable home or losing a place to call home. Qualified homeowners can receive assistance from SCVH to complete repairs and projects that increase home accessibility, such as the addition of a ramp, and the home's safety. The home repair program has a specific focus on low-income families or individuals, those with disabilities, aging individuals, and veterans.

United Way St. Croix Valley is proud to be distributing a total of $582,253 to agencies and programs in the St. Croix Valley this year. To learn more about United Way St. Croix Valley, visit their website by clicking here.
Macalester College Survey Report

Near the end of March, many of our supporters received an invitation from students at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN to take a survey about St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity. As an organization, we wanted to learn more about our supporters, their motivation to volunteer or donate to SCVH, and general views of the affiliate particularly since the completion of the Eco Village. Partnering with a class at Macalister College gave us the opportunity help students apply classroom knowledge to a real situation while increasing our capacity to conduct a proper survey.

Students administered and collected data from the surveys while also raising enough funds to contribute a donation for each person who completed the survey. After the data was collected and analyzed, students created a comprehensive report and delivered a presentation that was attended by Dave Engstrom and Sarah Rose on May 8th.

Thank you to everyone who participated and gave feedback. We hope to use the findings to better understand our volunteers and donors and how we communicate to different groups of people. Our supporters and the community are the backbone for St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity. We look forward to continuing working diligently with our diverse community to increase affordable housing opportunities in Pierce and St. Croix counties.
National Women Build Week News
Thank you!

St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity partnered with Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence to host a Women Build event May 10th - 13th as part of National Women Build Week sponsored by Lowe's and Habitat for Humanity International. We joined over 300 affiliates across the United States during the week to bring greater awareness to the issues of affordable housing for female-headed households and empowering women on construction sites.

We had a successful 4-day event filled to the brim with volunteers and plenty of projects to keep us moving. A special thanks goes out to our regular volunteer crew, individual volunteers, and groups from WESTconsin Credit Union, First National Bank of River Falls, Uponor, UNFI, River Falls Area Hospital - Allina Health, 3M, and the Renaissance Academy. Your dedication to this community and support of SCVH does not go unnoticed.  A total of 78 (mostly women) volunteers contributed a sum of 454 hours!

Thanks to the plethora of hands and feet participating in this event, we were able to fix up the front entrance of the housing facility, reinforce the backyard fence and give it a fresh coat of paint, set-up an outdoor dog kennel complete with dog house, assemble a large wooden playground, build four Adirondack chairs, two picnic tables and a sandbox, among other tasks such as mulching and cleaning up the front shrubbery. 

Another big 'thank you' goes out to Chris and Amy Henry for the delicious lunches they provided each day for our volunteers. These meals were a time to rest, refuel, and converse with one another. 

"Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence was thrilled to partner with St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's for National Women Build Week 2017. Our shared values of providing strength, stability, and self-reliance were a natural fit" noted Amy Rydberg, Development Director at Turningpoint. "We are so grateful to all the volunteers who took time our of their lives to create a safer, more welcoming shelter for our friends and neighbors who are in need of safety and support at Turningpoint. Thank you so much!"

We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Lowe's for such an incredible event. Carolyn Diaz, Store Manager in Stillwater, said, "Lowe's believes that a safe, stable home is a source of strength, pride and security for family. Our partnership with Habitat for Humanity St. Croix Valley allows us to provide valuable support in a special way directly in the communities where we live and work. This is why I am a Store Manager for Lowe's because of how we connect back to our communities to help people love where they live." Carolyn and Tom Streich, another Lowe's manager, even spent a whole day working side-by-side with our volunteers providing extra knowledge and skills on site. 

Scroll down to see a few pictures from the event. Click here to visit our website where you can view more pictures of the project from Women Build. Did you miss the article in the River Falls Journal? Read it here.

Looking Forward
Upcoming Projects

We have acquired back two Habitat homes in Glenwood City. We will rehab and sell the homes to families that meet Habitat's income qualifications. Do you live near Glenwood City and are interested in volunteering on this project? Contact the office today at 715-425-5623 learn how you can get involved. 
Homeowner Applications

Applications for home ownership closed on March 31st. We received quite a number of applications and our Family Selection Committee is currently reviewing all the applications. Thank you to everyone who helped to spread the world about applications and to all those applied. Our family partners are essential to our work at Habitat and we look forward to beginning the road to home ownership with new families. 
St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity 
116 E. Elm Street
River Falls, WI 54022