December 20, 2012
This season, we are extremely grateful. Habitat for Humanity is celebrating the completion of 2,000 homes built statewide. That’s 2,000 families that are now home for the holidays. Thank You to the many people who helped make this possible!
God Bless you during this Christmas Season and the New Year.
click here Habitat Partner Families across MN Talk about the impact of Homeownership
We are nearing the completion of our 21st home at Habitat for Humanity of Steele Waseca Area. We are planning for a home dedication in early January. Continue to watch for details on that. Thank You to everyone that helped with that house and to the volunteers that provided meals for our workers! Each one of you is a treasured gift!
September 26, 2012
Congratulations to Ryan Kubat of Owatonna! He is the winner of the Habitat for Humanity playhouse. Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets and also a HUGE THANKS to our local businesses that let us park our playhouse at their sites. Another Thank You to Lowes, HyVee, CashWise, Target and Owatonna Rental for your donations either to the playhouse building and/or the raffle event. It’s great to live in such a supportive community!
July 30, 2012
We need to make $100,000 by March 2013, to start a new home for a family. We currently have six qualified families waiting. Please help by purchasing a raffle ticket for this adorable playhouse. Tickets are $5.00 and available at Kottke Jewelers, Owatonna Credit Union of Owatonna and Round Bank of Waseca. You may also contact us by calling 507-446-0112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Also, a HUGE THANK YOU goes out to Lowe’s for their support with this project!!
July 4, 2012
Thanks to Eagle Creek Technologies for their generous donation, Habitat for Humanity of Steele-Waseca Area now has several much-needed upgrades to it’s I.T. infrastructure. This includes a gigabit switch, servers, monitors, a shredder, and many more items. It is with great pride and much pleasure I thank these individuals for helping us increase office productivity and reduce the amount of aging hardware at the affiliate.
April 1, 2012
Energy-efficient homes are critical in these times of high energy costs. Combined with bitter Minnesota winters, an energy-inefficient home can be unbearable in terms of cost and comfort. The Sustainable Building Program was funded in 2011 by The Home Depot Foundation Partners in Sustainable Building grant and The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. They continue to support us through 2012. The Sustainable Building Program attracted 52 builders from both the private contracting sector and Habitat staff and volunteers.
The Sustainable Building Program works with affiliates to achieve Energy Star compliance for homes and/or Minnesota Green Communities Criteria construction standards. These programs utilize innovative construction techniques and building materials to build cost-effective and energy-efficient homes.
Habitat homes that are built to Energy Star or higher standards are better prepared to deal with Minnesota winter weather while helping low-income families save money on energy consumption. By the end of 2011, Minnesota Habitat for Humanity affiliates built 76 homes that meet or exceeded Energy Star standards.
Out of these Energy Star rated homes, Habitat for Humanity of Steele-Waseca rates lowest overall in energy consumption. It is estimated that Energy Star / Minnesota Green Communities rated homes saved $378 in heating costs over standard homes in Minnesota.
Below is a chart showing the various county affiliates and their respective energy rating. You may click on the chart to enlarge it.