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Habitat for Humanity is coming to Chatfield

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Business Announcements

A steering committee has been formed in Chatfield, Minn., to bring Habitat for Humanity to our community. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, grass-roots, ecumenical Christian ministry. Its mission is to eliminate sub-standard housing and homelessness by partnering with community members to build simple, decent houses. Habitat uses volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials to build affordable homes with financially eligible partner families, and then sells the homes to those families using no-interest loans. The new homeowners’ monthly payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that finances houses for more families.

Habitat has been doing this work worldwide since 1976. In 1994, Habitat for Humanity Winona County was formed. In 2009 it built its first home in Fillmore County, and in 2010 officially expanded its service area to become Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties. The organization has built 48 homes through 2013. Chatfield’s new Habitat committee will operate as a part of Habitat Winona-Fillmore. We are thankful to Chatfield Lutheran for initiating this venture, but our goal is make this a truly community-wide effort.

Habitat in Chatfield will likely begin on a modest scale, with Habitat’s “A Brush with Kindness” program. A Brush with Kindness helps low and moderate income homeowners accomplish exterior home improvements and repairs--for example, painting, roofing, windows, wheel-chair ramps, and similar projects--that homeowners would not otherwise be able to do. The program is not free: That is not the idea with any of Habitat’s work. The homeowner is requested to make a down payment for materials, and the balance is financed with a no-interest loan. But for many families and individuals, including senior citizens, A Brush with Kindness has provided a practical means of restoring the habitability of deteriorating housing. Eligibility is based on level of need and ability to repay the loan. Neither race nor religion is considered. The program is for homeowners--rental properties are not eligible.

To be successful in Chatfield, Habitat will need donations of money, labor and materials. If you would like more information about Habitat for Humanity, go to the website at For further information about how you can help Habitat start up in Chatfield, contact Julie Young, (507)867-3170,

Our First Fund Raising Event

To begin our fund raising we will have a Rummage/Antique/Bake Sale and FREE-WILL DONATION soup lunch. This event will be part of the Chill Fest celebration in Chatfield on Saturday, January 25th. The Rummage/Antique/Bake sale and FREE-WILL DONATION soup lunch will be held at the United Methodist Church, 124 Winona St. S.E., from 9:00-1:00 p.m.

We are accepting donations for this event. If you would like to donate items or make a monetary donation please contact Julie Young, (507)867-3170.

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