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Klimp family works hard for a home of their own

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 9:14am

Karen Klimp first applied to become a homeowner back in late 2012. After putting in hundreds of “sweat equity” hours helping build her new Habitat home and advance the mission of the organization, she is now at the point where she is both prepared and excited to take on the joys and responsibilities of homeownership.

Volunteers began building Karen’s home, the 22nd home built by Crow River Habitat for Humanity, in May 2013. The supplies and materials were provided with assistance from companies like ProBuild, Simonson Lumber, Whirlpool, Floor to Ceiling, and about 150 volunteers dedicated time and energy to the build. “I really enjoyed meeting all the volunteers,” said Karen. “It’s amazing how many people are involved! I’m especially thankful for volunteers like Col- leen, who was there nearly every week. The Women’s Build week in August was really special and fun, too.”

Karen is grateful that she has the opportunity to buy this house for her family, including daughters Sierra (7) and Mya (4), and that she was able to take part in the building of her future home. Karen learned much about the building process from construction manager John Lofdahl. Karen’s father, Leroy, was a regular on the build site, too, helping Karen with her sweat equity hours and contributing his skills.

Sierra and Mya have loved seeing the progress on the home throughout 2013, and went over to take pictures often. Even during the cold winter days, the girls loved running around their new house in the snow.

Karen laughed when she explained that Mya just recently learned that there is a bathroom inside their new house, not just a port-a-potty outside. Even more exciting is their own bedrooms, and the girls have been picking out their decorations. They look forward to having friends over, and both of their birth- days are in June and they can’t wait to host birthday parties in their new home. With spring also comes planting season. Karen’s mom, Marty, has already transplanted some of her raspberries, and Mya still plans to plant lots of tomatoes.


Hot Dogs for Habitat-July 7

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 9:12am

Photo: HOT DOGS HERE! HOT DOGS FOR HABITAT HERE!  Stop by the Hot Dogs for Habitat cart in Library Square Monday July 7 from 5-8 pm.  Take some home for dinner or stay for Music in the Park.  We'll also have ice cream sandwiches, bottled water and coffee.Can't wait to see you!

Women Build 2014

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 9:11am


Join us for this year's Women Build project July 10-12! We will be painting a home in Hutchinson as fundraiser to kick off the new A Brush With Kindness program for Crow River Habitat. Shifts are 8:30-4:30 each day, plus an evening shift on Thursday, July 10 from 5:00-9:00 p.m.

The registration form is below. We hope you can join us this year!

For more information, stop into the Habitat office or contact Pam Johnson at or 320-587-8868


Meet Partner Family #22

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 10:50pm

Meet Karen, Sierra, & Mya Klimp. We are excited to partner with them to make their dream of owning a home a reality!


Family has always been important to Karen Klimp. Her parents raised her and her two sisters and brother in Colorado, Indiana and Minnesota. Seven years ago, Karen settled in Hutchinson and had her first daughter, Sierra (7). Karen and Sierra’s dad were married, and Karen worked hard to raise their daughter, worked in a nursing home, and studied nursing.Unfortunately, their marriage ended in  divorce and during that time Karen found out she was pregnant with  Mya (4).  

Luckily for Karen, her parents Marty and Leroy have been an excellent support network throughout good times and bad. The girls and Karen live in the upstairs of Karen’s parents home in Hutchinson.They have two bedrooms, so Karen, Sierra, and Mya all sleep in one bedroom and use the other room as their family room—so it’s been close but safe quarters together. Karen enjoys answering the phone and helping various organizations with her job at Customer Elation.  Sierra loves to help with other kids, do crafts, ballet, and she’s very creative. Carefree Mya loves to play pretend with dolls, do ballet, and sing.

Karen has known about Habitat for Humanity for awhile, but it took knowing Beckie (Crow River Habitat for Humanity homeowner #21) for Karen to look into buying a Habitat home for her and her daughters. Sierra and Mya went to the same daycare at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church with some of Beckie’s children. Late in 2012, Karen decided to apply for her own home, but at first she assumed there was a long waiting list. While it seemed highly unlikely that she would be selected, Karen filled out all the necessary forms and was interviewed. But the day came when Crow River Habitat told Karen she would soon be a homeowner, and Karen could not have been more thrilled.

“We’re all excited about having a backyard garden,” said Karen. “The girls will help with raspberries and strawberries, and Mya plans to have way too many tomatoes!”

Required to put in 400 hours of sweat equity, Karen is excited about working beside the volunteers who will help build her home.

“All of us are looking forward to meeting new people,” said Karen. “ My girls are social butterflies, so they will surely love all the activity around the new house. In advance, thank you all so much—this isn’t something the girls and I ever imagined. It’s going to be a whole new world.”

Karen’s home will be the 22nd home built by Crow River Habitat for Humanity since 1994. To volunteer your time to help build, call (320) 587-8868, or visit

Klimp Makes it Easy to Sign Up For Lunch!

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 3:43pm

Crow River Habitat for Humanity has started using the website  This website allows you to quickly and easily sign up to bring a meal to the volunteers on the build site.  Meal ideas and other details are provided, but please contact Pam in the Habitat office at 320-587-8868 or if you have any questions or suggestions.  Follow this link to get started:


Women Build Week 2013

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 3:43pm

The week of August 20-24 is Women Build Week. Gather your friends and sign up to volunteer for a shift of building and fun on Karen's home in Hutchinson.  There are shifts available during the day Tuesday-Saturday and evening shifts also available on Tuesday & Wednesday.  No construction experience is necessary. We have some great sponsors who will be providing food & prizes each day! For more information, see the attached flier. Call the office (320.587.8868) or email to get registered. 

We Need Your Help! Call for Volunteers

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 3:43pm

Construction is underway on our 22nd home at 714 Madson Avenue. We are looking for volunteers to build on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays. Gather up your friends, co-workers, neighbors, teammates or come by yourself and spend a day building on the house. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Pam (320.587.8868 or

We are also looking for volunteers to provide meals for our construction crews on build days. This year, we are trying out a new website for lunch sign-ups. If you'd like more information on what serving lunch entails or to sign up, please click here

New staff for Crow River Habitat

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 3:11pm


Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 4:26pm

Please join us for an evening of FUN AND CELEBRATION at our major fundraiser of the year.  With your help, we will build a home with Karen Klimp and her daughters, Sierra and Mya.  Thanks to Karen’s parents, Karen and the girls currently have a place to live.  They are sharing two bedrooms in Grandma and Grandpa’s home.  Let us work together to have this family in a home of their own for Christmas 2013. 

The 8th Annual Hammer ‘n Nails Dinner is Friday, May 3, 2013 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1040 South Grade Road SW, Hutchinson. 

Social hour with music by Stoney Point starts at 6:00 pm with dinner at 7:00 pm. 

During the social hour and dinner, we will have wonderful items to bid on at a silent auction.  After dinner, there will be a live auction.

Dinner tickets are $40 ($20 is a tax-deductible donation).  Funds raised will go into the construction of the 22nd Habitat home starting this spring.

New this year at the dinner is a prize for the “best dressed”.  Get creative and incorporate tools and construction materials into your outfit.  Ladies, I know you must have a fancy hat that you can jazz up with some construction materials.

If you cannot make the dinner, how about a chance at $500?  That is right, $500!  We have raffle tickets for sale for $10 each for a chance at $500, $250 or $100.  Profits from the sale of raffle tickets will also go towards the construction of Home #22.

We would like to extend a special thank you to our sponsors of the 2013 Hammer ‘n Nails Dinner.  With their help, we are off to a great start for the construction of our 22nd Habitat home.

                                         ~ THANK YOU SPONSORS ~

Gerald Close, Emmet & Margery McCormick, AWI Manufacturing, B&C Plumbing & Heating, Citizens Bank & Trust Co., Elkay, Larry & Carol Maiers, MidCountry Bank.

Please call the office if you have questions.  We would love to see you at the dinner…help us build a home!


Letter to the Editor

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 4:26pm

I recently sent this letter to the Hutchinson Leader, Winsted Herald Journal and Glencoe Enterprise.  Please take time to pass it along as we are in great need of volunteers for both on the build site and for committees. 

Crow River Habitat for Humanity is actively seeking volunteers who are willing to give a few hours of their time and talent. 

I would like to give you a little background on who we are and what we do.  We were established in 1994 by a group of people who wanted to be sure that there was affordable housing in McLeod County.  The first home was finished in 1996.  We are now building the 21st home for the Beckie Wolff family.  When completed, it will be the first Energy Star 3 rated home in Minnesota.  Families qualify for homes based on their need for housing, willingness to partner with Habitat (they need to do 400 hours of sweat equity), and their ability to pay a mortgage.  Contrary to what many people believe, we do not give homes away. 

Crow River Habitat for Humanity serves McLeod County.  We have 3 part time employees and the rest of the organization is made up of volunteers who put in countless hours building the homes, serving on the Board of Directors and committees and working at fundraising events.

We are looking for people who would like to work on the build site on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  No construction experience is necessary.  We also need a few people who would like to bring lunches to the build site.  If that isn’t your idea of fun, we are seeking individuals who would like to be on one of our committees: Building, Church Relations, Development, Family Selection, Family Support and Public Relations.  Do you like to do event planning or work at fundraising events?  We always need help with that too! 

Just a few hours of your time can make a world of difference for a family. For more information call Pam at Crow River Habitat for Humanity at 320-587-8868 or email


 Pam Johnson                                                                                                                                                                           Volunteer Coordinator                                                                                                                                           Crow River Habitat for Humanity