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VOLUNTEER ALERT: On Thursday October 23rd there will be a very large delivery from the Home Depot in Fargo. We need volunteers to help us unload. At this time it is looking like it will be here around 10:00 am. We will post further as we know more. Please understand this is for UNLOADING only.

NEW ITEM: Heat pump and furnace combo. This furnace was manufactured in February of 2004. Heat pump January of 2004. Furnace is 92% efficient. This is a very large system with a 3 ton air conditioner. This system is set for propane but can be converted to natural gas by purchasing a kit. This system should be installed in a home that is 1500 to 2000 sq feet. Additional charges for wiring and thermostat, venting, gas lines, and a line set and recharge of the system. We are not responsible for installation work. Asking price $3000. Stop in and check it out!

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To apply for the A Brush With Kindness Material and Repair Program Click Here to Download Application


Click here to download a NEW HOME Application

Contact us at: 218-736-2905

Our New Address:

421 West Fir Avenue

Fergus Falls, MN 56537

or "the basement of the old Steve's Cycle building"

Applications for a House are being taken. 

The Board of Directors has announced that our Affiliate will begin taking applications for a house to be constructed in 2015.  The most likely place for this house will be Fergus Falls, but there is always a chance that another location may come about -- particularly if a home is donated to the Affiliate.  

To apply click the link below and complete the application and mail the signed original to the Affiliate.  Do not include anything that is not a copy.  We will not return your copies, nor will we make copies for you.  Consider that your first bit of "sweat equity" on the house.  Please do not send original tax statements, insurance information or pay stubs.  Make sure that you sign the application in ink.  Always include both your cell phone number and an e-mail address.  

The review process takes several months and includes a home visit and several personal interviews.  If selected for the home you are expected to participate in fund raising efforts that do include informing the public that you are the new "Habitat family."  If you would be uncomfortable with that role it would be best not to apply.  Likewise, our families must provide 500 hours of "sweat equity" on the home.  If you are handicapped and can not perform construction tasks, you will still be required to provide up to 500 hours of non-construction work.  Veteran's with honorable discharges are strongly urged to apply.  

Plus, applicants should have a good credit history and steady income. Also key is the ability of the family to put in the 500 hours of “sweat equity” needed to build a house. Its more accurate to say that Habitat for Humanity “helps” people build their own homes, versus the family helping the Affiliate. That is why it is so key for people to help the Affiliate identify possible volunteers. It takes over 1,000 hours of volunteer time to build a house.  Thus the friends, neighbors, co­workers, church members, and community groups are an essential part of the process.

 Unlike other housing programs, Habitat for Humanity does not build a home until it has the family in place to purchase the home. There are no “spec” homes. Thus the Affiliate is able to build a home that meets the needs of the family. With all of the sweat equity hours, all of the volunteer recruiting, and all of the normal stress of building a home, why should a family consider applying for a Habitat for Humanity house? The interest free mortgage is the key factor. On an average $100,000 mortgage, over $250,000 in principal and interest will be paid by the family over 30 years. With Habitat for Humanity the amount is $100,000. That $150,000 savings is the real reason why Habitat for Humanity homes build equity for families. That $150,000 can be invested in other things the family needs.

Habitat for Humanity is a Christian charity operating with people of all faiths and backgrounds. More information, and copies of the application are available by calling the office at 218-­736-­2905, or by downloading an application by clicking below.

Our New Location
421 W. Fir Avenue

Our warehouse is now located at 421 W. Fir in the basement of the former Steve's Cycle Building, across the street from the Otter Tail County Government Center.  We are open 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Closed Thursdays. Open Noon to 3 on Fridays and 9:00 am to Noon on Saturdays.  We are always looking for donations of building materials such as gently used items from remodels (Cabinets, vanities, bathroom fixtures, lighting and more).  Please call before stopping by with your donation.  

Make your online Donation here!

Adult Volunteer Waiver Click HERE!

Volunteer Waiver for Under 18 -- click HERE!

Need home repair?  Painting?  Light construction?  We have a program that is sponsored by the Otter Tail County United Way and the Richland / Wilkin County United Way called "A Brush with Kindness." Your project may qualify.  Click on the application bar to download.  Original, signed, hard copies must be mailed or dropped off, no digital or email copies allowed. 

Phone Number: 218 736 2905

Lydia Lane House Nears Completion

The Greatest Concrete Footing Crew Ever
They moved so fast this is the only photo that was not blurred!


Our Habitat for Humanity Affiliate operates in western Otter Tail, Grant, Wilkin counties of Minnesota, and Richland County, North Dakota.  We are always looking for volunteers so check out the Current Volunteer Calendar page.  

I believe that wagering was involved in this shot!

Habitat Hammer Mini Golf at Summerfest - over 170 kids played

Looking for any experts or skilled amateurs in slab-on-grade concrete foundation construction.  We are going to be using slab-on-grade foundations for future homes.  Any one with power trowel equipment, magnesium floats, or power screeds is encouraged to contact our office.  Also looking for light excavation work to dig the foundation trenches.  This trench will be 4' deep and 5' wide around the perimeter. 

June 2, 2008

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