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Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity (WCHFH) will build its 28th home in Spillville this coming summer and the 27th home in Ridgeway will be completed this spring.

“We’re grateful to John and Mary Klimesh for donating a lot in Spillville. It’s our goal to build in various parts of the county and this lot is an opportunity for us to serve the southern portion of? the county,” said Gus Johnson, Habitat executive director. “We’ve already has some interest in this location.”

“Our costs for construction go up every year and a Phonathon is a major aspect of our fund raising,” said Dale Nimrod, the coordinator of the Phonathon.

It will be 6-9 p.m. Sunday, March 2, and Sunday, March 9, with volunteers using the Luther College phone bank.  Prior to the phone calls, the fundraising committee mailed out almost 1,000 newsletters as well as a letters explaining the need and the possibility of pledging and avoiding a phone call.



The goal for WCHFH is to work in partnership with low-income working families who need decent, affordable housing. The homes are not free, but the mortgages are interest free.

Volunteers provide much of the labor and the partner families are required to invest time in helping to build their home and the homes of others. Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing organization.

For more information on eligibility requirements or other information about WCHFH, go to the website www.winneshiekhabitat.org or contact Gus Johnson at 563 382 1802. Persons wishing to donate who don’t receive a letter or phone call, can do so at Box 457, Decorah.