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New Habitat home on way

PIPESTONE -- The construction of Southwestern Minnesota Habitat for Humanity's latest project-- the chapter's sixth home -- is right on schedule.

Samantha Brady and her three children were selected back in May as the new Habitat for Humanity homeowners in Pipestone County. Brady and her children have been living with her grandmother since they moved back to Pipestone the previous year.

Although this is the sixth house to be constructed by the chapter, it's the second to be constructed in Pipestone County. The Southwestern Habitat for Humanity chapter includes Rock, Nobles and Pipestone counties, with homes built in alternating counties.

According to Marie Ekdom of Pipestone, administrative assistant for the Southwestern Minnesota chapter, the house is slated to be completed on Oct. 11.

"We're doing very well, and the house is coming along right on schedule," said Ekdom. "Volunteers and Samantha herself have been putting in long hours and lots of hard work to stay on track."

As part of her Habitat for Humanity homeowner agreement, Brady is required to contribute a certain amount of sweat equity to the project.

"She's shown up on time and has contributed a great amount of time toward her sweat equity hours," explained Ekdom. "She's really excited to see the house coming together."

With Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans teaming up to build adequate housing for families in need, Ekdom has also been pleased with the work the Thrivent volunteers have contributed within the Pipestone community.

"Thrivent has been wonderful," commented Ekdom. "We're so appreciative of their help."

The Southwest Minnesota Habitat for Humanity chapter will also receive a Volunteers In Service to America (VISTA) volunteer to work within the chapter. Cheryl Thacker of Luverne has been assigned to the Southwestern Minnesota Habitat for Humanity chapter and will begin working later this fall.

Thacker will become actively involved in the Southwestern Minnesota Habitat for Humanity chapter, as well as update the community volunteer data basis and plan fundraising events. She will continue to work with the church affiliation and keep record of logistics and funding.

"Cheryl will be such a great help to our chapter," said Ekdom. "She'll help to raise awareness of our (Habitat for Humanity) well-being here in Southwest Minnesota."

As the home in Pipestone continues to be constructed, Ekdom announced that Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications for the 2009 home, which will be built in Nobles County. A building lot has not yet been located for the project, but chapter officials are hopeful that one will be donated. For more information on applying, call 1-866-220-6833.