Habitat House

April 24, 1998

UW-River Falls Students Launch Second Habitat House

For more information, call:

Roy Heflin at 715/425-2683 or 715/426-0215
Connie Olson, chapter president at 715-/425-2187 or 715/273-3531
Trish Pieper, UWRF HfH Campus Chapter Liaison at 715/425-4022
Nancy Koskie, Habit House recipient at 715/778-4240

Construction is scheduled to begin on April 28 at UW-River Falls for an Oprah Habitat for Humanity House.

This marks the second year that the St. Croix Chapter of Habitat for Humanity will start the construction of a house on campus. The framed home will be trucked from campus at the end of the week to be assembled on a site in Spring Valley.

A House Dedication will take place on Friday beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the upper parking lot of South Hall. An Open House Reception will be held one hour prior to the dedication, beverages and snacks will be served.

Nancy Koskie of Spring Valley, Wis., the home's owner, and her family will also be present at the ceremony.

The home is one of 205 homes Oprah Winfrey challenged her viewers to build with Habitat for Humanity when she launched Oprah's Angel Network last September. A Habitat for Humanity affiliate in each of the 205 cities where television station affiliate broadcasts The Oprah Winfrey Show will build an Oprah House.

" This is something we can do, " Oprah said as she explained the Oprah's Angel Network intent to inspire everyday citizens to make a meaningful, hands-on effort to improve their communities and the lives of others.

During the show she also challenged viewers to write in to her show, encouraging them to become volunteers with their affiliate. So far, more than 15,000 names have been received by Habitat for Humanity International.

Founded in 1976 by Milard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International seeks to end poverty housing worldwide. An ecumenical Christian housing ministry, Habitat works in partnership with people in need to build simple, decent houses. The houses then are sold to the partner families at no profit, through zero-interest loans. At work in more than 50 countries around the globe, Habitat has built housing sheltering some 300,000 people. Habitat expects to dedicate its 100,000th in the year 2000.

The Oprah House built the St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity Chapter will eventually be owned by a working mom with seven children. Koskie, a Certified Medical Assistant and EMT now resides in the Spring Valley area. Koskie actually has eight children, but seven will live with her in their new home. The children's names are: Melanie, Jeremy, Jason, Joshua, Jacob, Melissa, Josiah and Jonathon--ranging from ages 19 to 9.

Koskie says, "I can't thank God and the Habitat Chapter enough for this wonderful blessing." Koskie and her family are anxious to begin accumulating their "sweat equity" hours of labor required as part of the agreement to qualify for the house. A total of 250 hours are needed.

The 1,650-square foot, two level house will have five bedrooms, two baths, kitchen, dining room, living room and family room. The purchase price of the home will approximately $56,000. The exterior of the house will be vinyl siding.

The St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity Chapter is always looking for volunteers. Sheet rockers, roofers, landscapers, painters, carpenters and especially amateurs who care about other people. For more information about the building plans of the St. Croix Valley Chapter, call Roy Heflin at 715/425-2683 or 715/426-0215.

To join the volunteer crew, call 1-800-372-7986 or 715/425-5623.

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