The new Stark and Strand Family Homes on West First Street in West Eveleth
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North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity is excited to announce the completion of two affordable homes! When the March shutdown occurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic, four Habitat homes were in various stages of completion. In a normal building season, these homes would have been worked on through the late winter and spring, coming to completion in May right in time for the new 2020 building season construction projects to start in June. As we all know, plans can change.
With a COVID-19 safety plan and protocol, work on affordable home construction projects began on June 8th. The first priority was to finish the four delayed home projects. We are happy to announce the completion and dedication ceremonies for the Amber Strand and Naomi Stark homes. Both families have worked hard, completing sweat equity requirements on the construction of their home alongside community volunteers. They are ready to take this next step in their lives as they buy these homes through an affordable mortgage. These stable, healthy and energy efficient homes will enable them to thrive as neighbors in our community even during these challenging times.
Both homes were supported financially by our generous Iron Range community of donors and volunteers. Both homes were also sponsored financially and with volunteers by the www.Habitat500.org
bike ride fundraiser and were designated as “bike.homes” in 2019 when the bike ride was held throughout the Northland. The Stark home was also sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas with their annual Gummy Bear fundraiser that is held throughout the state with funds going to one Habitat home each year. Wells Fargo, Thrivent Financial, US Bank, the Cliffs Foundation and the Eveleth Foundation also partnered by providing much needed funding to build these affordable homes. The homes enjoyed great community volunteer support by: Voyageurs’ Outward Bound School, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Frandsen Bank, Virginia Coop Credit Union, Embarrass Vermillion Federal Credit Union, Edgewood Vista, Walmart of Mountain Iron, Togo Corrections, Sentence to Serve, United Way of NE MN volunteers, Team Rubicon, NE MN Women Veterans, Angie Kemp and teachers from Eveleth-Gilbert High School, SWOP, Habitat for Humanity Care-a-Vanners, Catholic Daughters of America – Eveleth, United in Christ Lutheran Church, Wells Fargo, United in Peace Methodist Church, Eveleth Fire Department and our anonymous Quad Cities Regulars. Lunches were provided by Gloria Gagnon, Dana Lynn Mitchell, Kathryn Cremers, Ruby Alto, Betty Pulis, Subway, Papa Murphy’s Take-n-Bake, Hope Community Presbyterian Church and Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
- Amber Strand Family Home Dedication - Thursday, July 24th at 4:00 p.m. at 1410 W 1st
- Naomi Stark Family Home Dedication - Friday, July 25th at 5:30 p.m. at 1406 W 1st
Both Amber and son Austin, age 7, look forward to having a home to call their own and plan to start a garden when they move in. Austin says, “it’s awesome we get our own house!” To them, the word home means security and family. Amber further states, “This entire process has been surreal and I am extremely grateful to all the volunteers that have helped us build our home.” We encourage everyone to come and see the results of her and our community of volunteers and supporters’ hard work.
Naomi and daughter Kyrie, age 6, look forward to decorating their home however they want, something they have not been able to do while renting. Naomi has enjoyed working with our volunteers and learning their stories and backgrounds. She is most excited for in-floor heating! Kyrie, on the other hand, just may get her first pet and is very happy about that. When asked how their lives will change, Naomi said, “Our family will be changed forever. We will be forever thankful and grateful.”
We will have brief ceremonies in the yard of the home while wearing masks and exercising social distancing. Tours of the homes will be accomplished in small groups at each dedication. Come join us to congratulate our affordable home buyers and learn more about Habitat for Humanity’s program. We will also be doing a Facebook live for those who cannot join us.
We are accepting volunteers to complete our two homes in Hibbing at this time. The 2020 home projects will also be getting started this summer and fall as well. We would like to thank all those who have and are supporting this critical affordable homeownership program and look forward to our future partnership with new community members, businesses and organizations. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Susan Garrett at email@example.com