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A large crowd packs inside the new Habitat for Humanity warehouse located at its new office in Winona in August of 2018 during a ceremony to officially open the building.

Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties recently announced that the Otto Bremer Trust has awarded it a grant of $100,000. This dual-purpose grant will allow the small nonprofit to hire a much-needed volunteer coordinator to facilitate more than 10,000 hours of volunteerism annually and to bring the Campaign to ReStore Winona substantially closer to completion.

Through the Campaign to ReStore Winona, Habitat for Humanity is building a larger ReStore that will earn the money it takes to build and repair more homes in Winona and Fillmore counties. As the affordable housing shortage presses more and more on the community’s hard-working neighbors, Habitat for Humanity’s work to preserve old housing stock and add more affordable homes becomes increasingly important.

These are just two components of the ReStore project remaining: building the classroom where volunteers will teach the basics of home maintenance and repair to anyone looking to improve their skills, and the community garden (think tomatoes, raspberries, apples and more) that will provide fresh food for neighbors and Habitat’s hunger relief partner, Winona Volunteer Services.

This grant from Otto Bremer Trust stands on the shoulders of early campaign supporters who have made the work that has happened to date possible. Merchants Bank came forward with the first major gift of the campaign, giving the philanthropic community the confidence need to launch the project. WNB Financial, an entity present at the very first meeting of the Habitat for Humanity board, has been a powerful partner on day one and at every step along the way. Its critical early campaign support solidified the merits of the effort for Habitat supporters.

Habitat for Humanity is grateful, too, to Oz Heavy Lifting Products, RTP Co., Watlow and so many more for stepping forward to support affordable housing access in a big way. Each of these successful businesses share in the vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live and is working with Habitat for Humanity to make that vision a reality for families in need.

This gift from the Otto Bremer Trust, taken together with the earlier support of the generous Winona community, has brought the Habitat for Humanity Campaign to ReStore Winona very close to completion. To learn more about the campaign, its goals and work yet to be done, call the Habitat for Humanity office at 507-407-0003.

Founded in 1994, Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties is a nonprofit organization that works toward a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Open to the public, the ReStore supports Habitat operations by selling new and gently used building materials and furniture. Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes. It was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, affordable place to live in dignity and safety. The office is located at 126 North Baker St., and the ReStore is located at 77 Laird St., Winona. For more information, call 507-457-0003 or visit their website at

Habitat for Humanity is building a larger ReStore that will earn the money it takes to build and repair more homes in Winona and Fillmore counties.

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