I have found myself to be easily irritated lately. I know it’s because of the pandemic but, knowing that doesn’t help. What once was normal is now abnormal. What once was routine is now filled with new ways of doing things.
I’m irritated at home. The house is a mess. Why doesn’t anyone else SEE the dishes to be done and the laundry to fold? And seriously, the kids need to eat EVERY day?
I’m irritated at work. We were gearing up for an exciting Faith Build this summer, our Go To Crew was humming along. All of that disrupted because of COVID.
I’m irritated at the store. Why are people standing so close to me? Why isn’t everyone wearing a mask (without the Governor telling us to)? Why can’t I find my brand of bleach wipes?
I’m irritated at that four way stop in town. If you arrive first – Go! If you’re to the right – Go! Stop being Minnesota nice and waving people along.
I’m irritated in Zoom meetings – seriously, if you haven’t figured out by now how to mute yourself should you really be zooming?
I’m irritated that our society has become so polarized and politicized. If you believe in MY way of thinking then you’re good, if you have a different belief you’re bad. Where’s civil conversation with people who disagree with us? Where’s compromise?
In my fits of irritation, though, I’m grateful to be daily engaged with the Christian Habitat mission. There are reminders throughout my day that pull me out of my irritated mind and bring me back to a place of faith and solid ground.
Two things pulled me out of my irritation lately:
Jonathan Reckford, Habitat for Humanity International CEO, reminded us in a newsletter that “Hope is in Habitat’s DNA”. Yes. That’s true! If we weren’t hopeful we wouldn’t spend our time doing this work. We are hopeful that when a family is able to attain an affordable house, their future will be better. The future of their children will be better. Our community will be better. Indeed, the short-term accomplishments of building one house, then another house, then another (in Rice County’s case 51 houses!) – that’s great. But, the collective work and accomplishments build a better future for the next generation. That hope gives me goose bumps!
Clarence Jordan, founder of Koinonia Farms, the birthplace of Habitat said this: “The good news of the resurrection of Jesus is not that we shall die and go home with him, but that he has risen and comes home with us, bringing all his hungry, naked, thirsty, sick, prisoner brothers with him.” Yes! Jesus has risen and comes home to us! Jesus brings the hungry, naked, thirsty… and those with insecure and unstable housing. And Jesus also brings us. Jesus compels us to see the needs in our community and to respond to them. Nowhere that I know of in the Bible does it say “you shall not be irritated along the way”. The irritations will come. Let us be lifted up by knowing that Jesus accompanies us along the way.
My prayer is that my gratitude is greater than my irritation. I'm grateful to the Americorps members who have helped us to continue to build; I'm grateful for our site supervisors (Larry Narhi, Larry Menzel and Jim Frederick); I'm grateful for great sub-contractors; I'm grateful for a great Board of Directors and Committee members; I'm grateful for Partner Families who share their excitement about their new home. Look around - what are you grateful for?
Rice County Habitat for Humanity, Executive Director
CARPET! CARPET! Who needs carpet?
Behr's USA Flooring in Dundas gave us a generous supply of carpet remnants! We will use some of this carpet for the stairs in our homes but we're also hoping to sell some of this carpet to YOU! Proceeds will be used to build more houses.
You can come view and buy the carpet Monday, August 3 - Friday, August 7. Location: Cornerstone Community Church, 1313 S. Division Street, Northfield. We are setting up one hour time slots starting at 9 am with the last slot at 4 pm. SIGN UP HERE
We are asking a minimum of $50.00 donation per carpet roll or box of wood flooring. We will accept cash or check only. All sales are final and the buyer is responsible of removing the carpeting themselves.
For the safety and health of everyone:
You must wear a mask when entering the building.
Please contain your viewing and purchasing within your allotted time. If you need more time you may sign up for additional slots.
If you are unable to come are your time and day, please contact Jodi Beach at 507-403-7868.
Be sure to sign up for a slot HERE! Questions, call Jodi, 507-403-7868
Our 2020 Families
We are still building 3 houses in 2020! Meet our families below!
Ali Family, 312 22nd Street NW, Faribault
You can see pictures of this build HERE.
Hirsi Family, 313 23rd Street NW, Faribault (kids only pictured)
You can see pictures of this buildHERE.
Rindahl Family, 309 23rd Street NW, Faribault
You can see pictures of this build HERE.
Our Americorps Crew Rocks!
Our Americorps crew is working so fast we can hardly keep up! See a day in the life of that crew in the video above!
This video tells you who our Americorps folks are!
RACE – THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION: How the Racial Wealth Gap Was Created
This is an educational video about how housing has contributed to the racial disparities in our country. These scenes are excerpted from California Newsreel’s acclaimed three-part documentary series, Race-The Power of an Illusion. To learn more and watch the entire series, please visit newsreel.org/video/RACE-THE-POWER-OF-AN-ILLUSION
THANKS Faribault Housing and Redevelopment Authority
In this discussion, Jonathan Reckford (Habitat CEO) will engage in conversation with professional athletes A.D Franch (U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper and World Cup Champion), Malcolm Mitchell (Wide Receiver, New England Patriots – Retired, Super Bowl Champion and Founder & CEO, Share the Magic Foundation), and Isaiah Roby (Forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder) who will share their stories and the role that their Habitat homes played in their personal and professional success. Maria Taylor (ESPN Host & Reporter) will moderate.
Habitat 500 goes VIRTUAL!
You can REGISTER for the Habitat 500 Virtual Ride HERE
We have a couple of local riders that are supporting Rice County Habitat:
Dave Wolf is a pro and he's riding again this year! You can support him HERE.
Larry Walsh is a long time supporter of Habitat and this year he's getting on his bike! You can support him HERE.
The Norvold Family is also riding! You can support them by typing in any of their names (Trygve Norvold, Dayna Norvold, Wayne LaVine, Odin Norvold) in the search bar that you'll see when you click this link or the picture below.
You can see a video of Habitat's oldest and youngest riders above!
Safer at Home.... still! See our Partner Families enjoying their homes!
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