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Rushford Lutheran raises awareness for affordable housing

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Faith & Worship

On Saturday, October 12, at 6 p.m., construction will begin on a new city in Fillmore County. That’s right, Rushford Lutheran Church Youth are building a new city out of cardboard to raise awareness for affordable housing in our communities. Every year Rushford Lutheran Youth select and organization within the community to support during the month of October. Youth members generally raise money and awareness by walking door-to-door and ending up at the organization to make a donation of funds collected and learn about what the organization does for the community and why they exist.

This year Christine Anderson, Rushford Lutheran Church Family Education Director, approached Habitat for Humanity as the selected organization. When asked, “why are you building a Cardboard City this year?” Anderson responded, “Our plan of a walk through town changed after, Megan Grebe, community development coordinator for Habitat for Humanity, mentioned the idea of a cardboard city and we went with it. We will now have a “tour” of our cardboard city, to raise awareness in the community of the work Habitat for Humanity does to provide simple, decent housing. We also thought it would be a great way for our high school members to become involved in a community project.”

Rushford Lutheran Youth will be working in teams to build their houses within their cardboard city located behind Rushford City Hall/Library. Construction will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday evening. Teams must complete construction and have their houses ready to sleep in by 10 p.m. when the lights go out. The construction crews will be energized during construction with food provided by Burdey’s Café in Peterson, Minn.

Sunday morning after worship, approximately 10 a.m., the construction crews will be giving tours of their new city. The public is encouraged to stop and visit the cardboard city in Rushford, Minn. and learn about why decent, affordable housing is a need in our area. After the tour students will vote on their favorite house and the winner will be announced.

Habitat for Humanity is excited about this new initiative that the Rushford Lutheran Youth is doing to raise awareness for affordable housing in our area. Our goal at Habitat for Humanity is to live in a world where everyone has a decent place to live and that starts at the community level.

Habitat for Humanity-Winona County built its first home in Winona County in 1994. Since then, 45 homes have been built. In addition to the 25 homes within the city of Winona, Habitat has built homes in Lewiston, St. Charles, Minnesota City, Altura, Stockton, Rushford, Harmony & Utica.

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

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