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Celebrating 20 Years of Building Hope" celebration- Picnic on Sept. 15 at 5:30 in Hutchinson

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 1:14pm

SAVE THE DATE! Our "Celebrating 20 Years of Building Hope" celebration is Monday September 15 at 5:30 pm at the Northwoods Park shelter in Hutchinson. Founders, past and present board and committee members, partner families, volunteers and the public are invited. Watch for more information!

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:


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

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. 

New staff for Crow River Habitat

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 3:11pm

Women Build 2012 "Empowering Women" a Huge Success!

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 4:26pm

We had perfect weather and perfect women with the perfect attitudes for our Women Build Week August 21, 23 and 25.  A total of 50 women joined us to build, but each one got so much more out of their day than just building a house.  Friendships were made, skills were learned, fun was had and each one left with the great feeling that they gave of themselves to help improve the lives of 6 other people. 

It was so much fun to watch the women learn how to do something new!  Some learned how to put up soffit and facia and how to measure, cut and bend it.  Others learned how to shingle a roof.  Still others learned how to put up siding or frame walls.  These are all skills that they can use on their own homes or help a friend or family member with. 

We also had some wonderful treats throughout the week!  Businesses were very, very generous and our group of women appreciated everything so much!  On Tuesday, Jake's Pizza donated lunch.  Yum!  Then Audrey from Heirlooms Tea Room brought afternoon tea to us.  She also had fresh out of the oven raspberry white chocolate scones, cucumber sandwiches and chocolates.  Thursday's lunch was donated by Buffalo Wild Wings and our treat for the day was on-site massages from Healthsource Chiropractic.  The ladies loved it!  Saturday's lunch and treat was provided by Pam Johnson.  Audrey Kieper brought delicious bars in the afternoon.  All the women got a Satin Hands treatment and hand massage at the end of the day. John Dillon, one of our Crew Leaders on Saturday commented to me about all the food.  I explained to him that where there are women, there is usually food and that we can make any kind of schedule revolve around it!  I'm sure he'll be back next year! 

Maude was beyond excited to spend the week at the build site schmoozing with all the ladies!  She's always looking for photo ops and is not shy about giving her opinion if she feels it's necessary.  She's already got some ideas for next year's Women Build brewing in that pink brain of hers.

I'l like to thank our sponsors again:  Genesis Salon and ensospa, Jodie Nassirzadeh - It Works! Independent Distributor, The Road House Coffee Shop in Winsted, Maurices, Lillians, Mary Kay - Pam Johnson, The Prairie Gift Shop of Lester Prairie, Winsted Floral and Gifts, Hutchinson Therapeutic Massage, Vintage Glam and Thirty One - Crystal Czech.  Without your support, this would not have been possible! 

All photos are posted on Facebook.  If you have any ideas for our next Women Build Week, I would love to hear them!  Please call or email Pam at 320-587-8868 or