Habitat for Humanity Raffle

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 11.05.48 AMTwo basic human needs are food and shelter. Those who stopped at the Duluth Grill for food over the past month may just find themselves with a shelter too.

That’s because we have been helping auction off a deluxe playhouse to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity is a great organization for a few reasons. They want to make sure everyone has a place to live, but instead of just handing over free housing, they require those in need to contribute “sweat equity” by helping build or repair. New builds are a loan rather than a gift, as they come with a mortgage—truly a hand up rather than a hand out.

“People take pride in it more when they own it,” volunteer coordinator Brooke Tapp says.

Brooke is the volunteer coordinator and program manager for the Western lake Superior Habitat for Humanity (as a fun aside, she also helped set up photos for the Duluth Grill Cookbook). She believes in Habitat because it’s doing good things for the area, including a program designed to help struggling homeowners keep their homes.

“With this new program it’s really helping neighborhood revitalization,” Brooke says. “[It’s] giving low income home owners the opportunity to stay in their homes by doing maintenance they couldn’t afford to do.”

So how does a raffle tie in? It was for a beautiful, 2-story playhouse with all the bells and whistles including an electric fireplace. Keppers Design Architecture and Maureen’s designed it, Rymel Construction built it, and the Duluth Teachers Credit Union financed it, so it’s very local.

You can learn more about our friends at Habitat during the Home Show, which is April 8-12th at the DECC. Go support a worthy cause!