A profusion of partners have come together to build a Habitat house at 2412 W. First Street in Duluth.
A ground blessing and breaking for the project will happen at the build site at 9:30 a.m. Before that, a large group of Wells Fargo volunteers and other supporters will process from Holy Family Catholic Church behind the Wells Fargo stage coach. The coach will convey the Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity silver groundbreaking shovel to the build site. The procession will start about 9:10 a.m.
In addition to breaking ground on the house, WLSHFH is also launching a reconfigured repairs program that partners with existing homeowners. Age In Place will focus on working with older adults to improve safety, access and general livability.
Wells Fargo is playing a lead role in kicking off the house projects. During a seven-day period, Wells Fargo will bring over 100 volunteers to working on the house, repair projects, and the house project currently underway in Superior. Wells Fargo also has made a major grant to support the build.
Immediately after the groundbreaking, Wells Fargo and other volunteers will start on various projects.
Key partners alongside Wells Fargo in this effort are three Duluth Rotary Clubs (Duluth 25, Harbortown, and Skyline with assistance from the student Rotaract group), Thrivent Financial, and Lake Superior College (its building construction program will do a significant amount of core construction).
The Rotary clubs made a major grant and will be providing volunteers, Thrivent Financial likewise is lending financial support along with volunteers. Churches, businesses, community groups and organizations and unions are also involved in the effort. The City of Duluth and St. Louis County assisted with acquisiton of tax forfeit land that serves as the build site.
“This Duluth build has been a long time coming,” commented WLSHFH Executive Director David Clanaugh. “The Habitat mission in our region has been rebuilding and gaining momentum. It is all about partnerships, starting with the aspiring and existing homeowners, and embracing all groups who are committed to decent, affordable housing for all people. The best part of my job is working to identify, nurture, and deepen these partnerships.”