Habitat for Humanity Continues Incredible Outreach to Community


Monday Morning

We had 16 members at our Monday meeting at the Retlaw along with our speaker Paul Osterholm from Fond du Lac Habitat for Humanity.  Gary Miller continued promoting the Noon Club’s Grilled Cheese & Chili Lunch on February 19th as our February Inter Club.  Happy Bucks were offered up by Jan Krug for being in California last Monday and in Mexico for the next two Mondays, Bonnie Baerwald for a successful Project Linus last week and Gary Miller for the upcoming Noon Club InterClub.  Vickie Goldapske was the 50/50 Raffle winner again on Monday and she drew the Seven of Diamonds, another non-winner.  Next week’s drawing will have 49 cards, including eight pay cards, and a pot of at least $30.

Paul Osterholm, Habitat for Humanity

Paul Osterholm joined us on Monday morning to give us an update on the local Habitat for Humanity operation.  They recently moved into their new space next to the Fond du Lac Children’s Museum.  Paul welcomed everyone to come out and see their new space and shop for items that you didn’t even know you might need.

The next Habitat House will have a ground breaking at their new build site at 596 S Main Street in April 2015.  This new home will be a 1,200 square foot, three bedroom home with a basement but no garage.  Paul estimated that the total cost of the home will be in the $115,000 range.  This will be the 27th home built by our local Habitat in the Fond du Lac area.  The past 26 homes have contributed over $50,000 in real estate taxes since the first house was built in 1996.  Over 1,600 volunteers participate in building a Habitat House along with a number of businesses that contribute supplies and workers in these build efforts.  Lowe’s sponsors “Ladies Month”, which for the 2015 build will be all of the weekends in May.  All Habitat Houses are five star energy rated homes.   In addition to all of the volunteers and businesses, the new family is required to put in at least 300 hours of sweat equity toward the building of their new home.  Habitat acts as the bank and holds a 0% interest mortgage on the new home.