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To safely donate to our affiliate online, click here. All payments are handled by Habitat for Humanity International. 100% of your donations will be used by our local affiliate.

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

218-736-2905 or call our cell at:
218-282-0139

Women Build Project Begins

Habitat for Humanity International and LOWES sponsor the National Women Build Week at over 300 sites across the United States.  This year Fergus Falls Area Habitat for Humanity has been selected as a Women Build site. 

We had our latest Groundbreaking on May 10th at 111 Lydia Lane.  This will be site of our newest home.  We also began construction of the wall panels at our new warehouse / office site at 421 W. Fir Avenue.   


National Women Build Week Activities
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Ground Breaking of Women Build Home

National Women Build Week Activities
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Cathy, Del, and Kimberly start work.

Apply for a New House Today!
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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 2014.  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
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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 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our big day for distributing materials and approving new projects is Saturday.  We open at 9 a.m. and stay open until Noon.  We are always looking for donations of building materials.  Please call before stopping by with your donation.  

Make your online Donation here!


Volunteers for A Brush with Kindness Projects Needed Every Day, Every Hour

The Fergus Falls Area Habitat for Humanity Affiliate completed more A Brush With Kindness projects, by itself, than ALL other rural Minnesota Habitat for Humanity Affiliate's COMBINED! That means that we are going to need some people to step up and give us a hand.  You don't have to spend a whole day, or even climb on a roof, we can use people at the ground level as well. Give our office a call if you, or your group, would like to "brush with kindness" a local family.  

We have had Church Groups, Mens Groups, Womens Groups, college students, high school students, 4H, FFA, Boy Scouts, Brownies (yes, we can find something for ANY age group) come and "Brush with Kindness."  We have ramps to build, windows to replace, siding to be replaced.  

Right now, we have an exciting opportunity to deconstruct a house.  We will be harvesting the siding, windows, doors, trim, appliances, vanities, copper pipe, wire, for either immediate use in our A Brush with Kindness program, or for sale at new warehouse at 1616 South Pebble Lake Road in Fergus Falls. 


Adult Volunteer Waiver Click HERE!

Volunteer Waiver for Under 18 -- click HERE!

A Brush with Kindness Program


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 or try Craig's cell at:
218 282 0139

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

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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.  

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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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