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August 2010


Mark your calendar and reserve your spot! The Tenth Annual Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament sponsored by GMAC Mortgage is scheduled for Thursday, August 26, 2010 at South Hills Golf Course in Waterloo, Iowa.

Phone: 319-235-9946,

The tournament will be a 4-person best shot and will also feature various hole events, snacks and a raffle for great prizes. Advertise your business! Each year one of the highlights of the tournament is the raffle with great prizes donated by local businesses. A contribution of gift certificates or gifts for our raffle would be greatly appreciated again this year. Please call (319) 236–5260 to arrange for a pick up time or mail your item(s) to Jill Bohlken by August 20th at the address listed below. Send in your entry form now! You can choose from several levels of sponsorship: Pro ($2,000), Eagle ($1,000), Birdie ($700), Par ($400), or Team only ($200). Contact: Jill Bohlken, GMAC Mortgage, 3451 Hammond Ave, Waterloo, IA 50702 (319)-236-5260 and email at

Board Members Gary Brown Bob Claassen Michael Cook Uyntha Duncan Virgil Goodrich Sedrick Mcintosh Heather Scannell Helen Seenster David SmolikHagen Cora Turner

Secretary Ann Wortham

Treasurer Dean Gipp

Vice President

Brad Strouse

Habitat ROAD TRIP President Steve Sesterhenn

Assoc Director John Hix

803 West 5th Street, Waterloo, IA 50702

Sponsored by

Exec Director Linda Morgan


Waterloo, Iowa


Nonprofit Organization

Permit No. 121

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659 Lunar Lane

August Dedications The building continues in 2010 as Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity dedicates two Waverly homes in July and prepares to dedicate 3 more Waterloo homes in August. As Habitat prepares to close on 3 houses, it marks the beginning of more homes to come. Habitat’s goal is to build or rehab 10 to 12 home per year. With 5 homes already completed in 2010, volunteers, families and staff are well on their way to meeting that goal. August marks the completion of Habitats 86th, 87th and 88th homes in a service area that covers Black Hawk, Bremer and Butler Counties. Families must complete 300 hours of sweat equity, including homeowner education classes and credit counseling, before moving into their homes. Home dedications not only mark the completion of a new home but the start of a new journey for families, most of whom are first time home buyers.

330 Oneida Street Tamara Bradford was first approved for the Habitat program in January, 2009. With hard work and dedication she has completed her sweat equity hours and continues to work on her home located at 330 Oneida Street in Waterloo; the third Habitat home built on the corner of Oneida and Jackson. Tamara, her son Lawrence, age 6 and her niece LaRintia, age 8 are moving out of an apartment into a Habitat home with plenty of children in the neighborhood to become friends with. “Being a homeowner is a dream come true. To be able to live in a home that I help build and to call my own is something I thought I would never be able to do. A home that my son can grow up in, a yard he can play in, steps he can sit on, it’s the small things that are big to me. And without Habitat none of this would be possible,” say Tamara about the near completion of her new Habitat home. Help the Bradford family celebrate their new home by attending their home dedication on Wednesday, August 18 at 4:00, along with many volunteers from local churches who helped build. . 2

Also celebrating a home dedication on August 18 at 5:00 is Kim Spates and her daughters, Tyliah, age 7 and Nyasia, age 3. Kim, who is employed by Harmony House in Waterloo, has helped build and will purchase Habitat’s 4th Women Build house located at 659 Lunar Lane in Waterloo. Kim says, "Never let being a woman limit what you can accomplish," as she “If you are willing to work hard for works along side many women it, your dreams can come true." volunteers from churches, social groups and businesses throughout Black Hawk County. Kim’s new home is the 4th Habitat home built in the Solar Drive/Lunar Lane neighborhood.

1137 Leavitt Street With funding from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), Habitat was able to purchase an existing property, located at 1137 Leavitt Street in Waterloo. Volunteers from St. Pats Church in Cedar Falls, who volunteer on Tuesdays with Habitat, have helped Jackie White rehab this home. When finished, it will have a lot of character found in most older homes. Jackie was able to request Tuesdays off of work "I never worked on a house before and now, to build along side volunteers you name it, and I’ve done it. I've not only who have helped re-roof, inworked here but on other homes. I think it's a real learning experience." stall new windows, lay new flooring, gut and redo the kitchen, and paint the exterior a cheery yellow to match the already existing garage. In a few short months, the house is ready to become a home for Jackie and her two boys, DeVanta, age 13, and Raequan, age 10. The home dedication for the White family is on Friday, August 27 at 3:00. Hope to see you there. 3

Donations First Half of 2010 Businesses/Organizations Ace Fogdall Inc. AJ's Eatery Ameriprise Financial Services Antiques-R-Us-123 Applebees Cedar Falls Applebees Waterloo Applebees Waverly Austin's Interiors and Design B E Mick's Barmuda Barry & Associates Basket of Daisies Bella Nails & Boutique Benton’s Ready Mixed Benton's Sand and Gravel Best Buy Black Hawk County Abstract Black Hawk Hotel Black Hawk Ins Services Black Hawk Thrivent Chapter Black Hawk Plumbing BMC Aggregates Bremer County Mutual Insurance Bremer County Thrivent for Lutherans Brenda Holzer Agency Brown Bottle Bundle of Joy Baby and Maternity C U Restaurant Care Initiatives, Ravenwood Carleton College Carney, Alexander, Marold & Co. Cedar Falls Community Credit Union Cedar Falls Sertoma Club Ceilley Insulation, Kinzler NEI Clarksville Lumber Company Classic Cleaners Cottonwood Canyon Cover All Advertising Craft-Cochran Screenprint Craw Daddy Outdoors CUNA Mutual Dairy Queen Den Herder Veterinary Hospital Dermatology Associates Des Moines Civic Center Design Studios Dierks Tree Transplant Domino's


Doughy Joey's East Bremer Diner Ecker Flowers El Senor Tequila Mexican Food Facets by Susong Family Video Store Fareway-Waverly Farm and Fleet Farmers Coop Ferguson Enterprise Financial Resourse Advisors Inc. First National Bank CF First Things First Foundation Flowerama Gallagher Bluedorn Gary's Restaurant George's TV & Appliance Govenor Chet Culver Grundy National Bank Hair Tech Studios Half Pint Saloon & Vittles Happel Excavating Hartman Reserve Homestead House Hy-Vee Food-Crossroads Iowa Conference UMC Iowa Show Productions Isle of Capri Casino J & M Partnership Jefferson Street Auto Jerry Roling Motors John Deere Waterloo Works Jumer's Casino & Hotel Karen's Print-Rite Keepsake Quilters Guild Kiwanis Club of Cedar Falls Klima’s Small Animal Clinic Kuennen Automotive Clinic Kwik Star, Parkersburg Kwik Star-West Kwik Trip, Inc. Lee Financial Services Lincoln Savings Love and Lace Magee Construction Mandolin Inn Maple Lanes Bowling Center Marcus Theaters Martin Brothers Distribution

Martinson Contruction Co. McGregor Furniture Menard's Metro Can Redemption Inc Meyer Pharmacy Midwest Contractors Inc. Mike Fereday Heating Miracle Car Wash Mont Rest Inn Montage Myers Electric Company, Inc. New Century Telecommunications New Hartford Womens Club Noah's Nourishing Massage Nooren Realtors Inc Nuss Family Chiropractic Oakridge Realtors Oasis Tanning Old Masters OnMedia Oster Regent Pampered Chef Panera Bread Parkersburg Rotary Club Peppercorn Pantry Pepper's Grill and Sports Pub Perkins Restaurant Peterson Dowie Clabby & McCausland Pitze's Beauty Salon Pizza Ranch Pro-Build North Pump Haus Pub & Grill Purses Galore Quilting Like Crazy R & N Investments RADA Mfg. Company Riddle's Jewelry Sam's Club Scott's Electric Company Seamless Exterior Shear Bliss Pet Salon Slumberland Furniture Sommerfelt Family Housing South Milwaukee High School Spahn & Rose Lumber Company Sports Car Club of America State Bank and Trust State Farm Companies Foundation Sub City Swisher & Cohrt, P.L.C. Target

Tenebaum's Jewelry Texas Roadhouse The Fainting Goat The Other Place The Other Place II The Pampered Chef The Printery Thompson Shoes Tony's Trattoria University of New Hampshire University of Virginia US Bank Venture Encoding Veridian Credit Union Victorian House Village Inn Waterloo Wal-Mart CF Wal-Mart Waterloo Wal-Mart Waverly Wartburg College Wartburg Community Symphony Waterloo Black Hawks Waterloo Bucks Baseball Waterloo Industries Waverly Bowl Inn Waverly Exchange Club Waverly Health Center Waverly Home Bakery Waverly Leisure Services Waverly Newspapers Waverly Tire Co Waverly Veterinary Clinic WBC Mechanical Wells Fargo Foundation Youngblut Contracting Inc. Ziggy's Domino Pizza Churches Bethel Lutheran Church Bethlehem Lutheran Church CF Cedar Heights Community Presbyterian Central Christian Church Wloo First Christian Church CF First Presbyterian Church CF First Presbyterian Greene First United Methodist Church Waterloo Good Shephard Lutheran Church Grace Reformed Church W'loo Nazareth Lutheran Church CF Old St. Patrick's Church Open Bible Church


Our Saviors Lutheran Church Prairie Lakes Church Redeemer Lutheran Waverly Savior Missionary Baptist Church St. Andrew Episcopal St. Edward Catholic St. John Lutheran Church CF St. Mary's Catholic Church Waverly St. Patricks Catholic Church St. Paul Lutheran Church Waverly St. Stephens Catholic Student Center St. Timothy’s United Methodist Church Trinity United Methodist Church United Methodist Church Sumner Westminster Presbyterian Church Foundations/Trusts/Gov Bremer County Community Foundation Community Foundation NEI EDI Dept of Housing and Urban Dev HOME FUNDS Waterloo IJOBS INRCOG Iowa Finance Authority NSP-Neighborhood Stabilization Program Traer Public Library Foundation Waverly Community Foundation Individuals A.M. Lund Adam Burg Adil Al-Terbal Alan & Carol Brown Alex H & Sally Darragh Alexander & Sharon Smith Amanda Herold-Mahneke Amber Haley Amy Anderson Andrew Mong Anne & Gregory Hoekstra Anne & Richard Halbmaier Anne Mershon Ardelle & Don Brown Art Kurtt Barb Corson Barbara Adams Barbara Benson Barbell Landfair Becky Adams Beth Koch Beth White


Betty Boesen Betty Deberg Bill & Sally Davis Bob & Alice Kuennen Bob & Jacque Holdorf Bob Burke Bob Claassen Bob Fischer Bonnie & Bruce Buhrow Bradley Strouse Brian & Carita Pfaltzgraff Brian & Danette Lujan Bruce Johnson Carl & Wanda Wehner Carl Campbell Carol Hensley Carol Menefee Carolyn Scoville Carrie & Mark DeVries Cassandra Wilson Catherine & Marvin Orth Catherine Bloomquist Chad Shepard Charles Clifton Chancey Charlotte & Thomas Strub Christopher & Megan Kremer Chuck & Alice Shirey Cleo Farris Cory Koger Crystal McCarty-Peters Dale & Cindi Hendrickson Dale & Margaret Maddigan Dale & Sara Jansen Dale & Vonda Blakestad Dan Alberts Daniel & Elizabeth Klann Daniel Rhoades Darold & Diane Wolff Darren Winkowitsch Daryl Magee David & Carol Draper David & Deb Marchesani David & Deb McWhirter David & Helen Duncan David & Sharon Wieland David & Susan SmolikHagen David Beaty & Kathy Duke David Bottke David Sasse David Spake David Venem

David Walker Dayna Timmerman Dean Gipp Dean Olson Jr Deane & Scott Bradfield Debra & Terry Shoopman Dee Blanshan Del & Kay Carpenter Delores Lynch Dennis & Bonnie Pruckler Diane Craig Diane Lee Baum Dick & Cheryl Hart Dick Luloff Donald & Emily Pearce Donald & Helen Wiederanders Donald & Sue Milligan Donna Kroeger Doris Hogan Dorothy Guetzlaff Dorothy Mueller Dorothy R. Baskerville Dorothy Teague Doug & Leslie Smith Doug Elder Dr. Judy Beckman E.J. Gallagher Earle & Jeannette Strong Edgar & Verona Zelle Edward & Dalila Amend Elaine Blumhagen Emily Swartley Francis & Audrey Murphy Francis W Meyer Frederick & J. Anne Freese Galen Herr Gary & Donna Brown Gary & Jill Wilson Gary & Karin Blonigan Gary Kroeger Gary Spieker George & Mary Ellen Warren Gerald Peterson Gerald Schmitz Glenda Wilson & Jim Boyland Grant & Nancy Jensen Greg & Rena Raecker Gretta Berghammer Gwendolyn Sandven Hank & Lorene Wellnitz Harold & Marian Schoonover

Heather Scannell Holly Crandall Ira & Nancy Simet Irvin & Donna Tiller Jack & Judy Mussett Jack & Shirley Geist Jack Hiatt James & Cecelia Mudd James & Cleta Fuller James & Nancy LaRue James & Patrick Esters James Kerns James Moore Jane & John Hartman Jane Ryan Janet & F.R. Dillavou Janet & Norman Glaw Jaques & Kathleen Dubois Jean Hall Jeanette Alton Jeanne Miller Jeff & Pat Swartzendruber Jeff & Rebecca Wrage Jeff Schlobohm Jen Christiason Jennifer Lamb Jeremy & Kari Bullerman Jerry Ortman Jim & Carla Janssen Jim & Velda Darrah Joan Tange Jodi Prestemon Joe & Viola Pirages John & Edna Brunkhorst John & Jan Hix John & Judith Focht John & Karen Eastland John & Leanne Freyberger John & Nicole Flint John & Patricia A. Higby John Boyd John Delorbe Jon Crews Judy Gray Kara & James East Karen & Ron Atwood Karen Acton Karen Franczyk Kate Brennan Hall & John Hall Kathe & Michael Sherer Kathleen Krieg


Kathy & Bruce Demsky Kathy Green Katie Bell Keith Graber Kenneth & Connie Erpelding Kenneth & Mae Lou Baxter Kenneth & Mary Huffman Kenneth L Hoer Kent & Juanita Ruby Kevin & Janice Thedens Kevin & Kim Engels Kirsten & Steven Moore Kurt & Lou Ann Frush L. Kristine Pond-Burtis Langdon Olson Larry & Linda Hickman Larry & Ruth Orth Lauri Young Laurie Magee Laurinda & Jame Young Len & Gail Froyen Leon & Gloria Tollefson Leonard & Betty Nielsen Linda & Bob Morgan Linda Holm Linette Pierce Linnea Tschetter Lois Mandeville Lola Kapaun Luann & James Husmann Luann Alemao Lyle Hansen Margaret Shay Margaret Willoughby Margery Herrick Marianna Gibbons Marilyn & Dennis Gaede Marilyn Ray Mark & Sydney Wikner Mark Trax Marvin & Sandra Heller Mary & Jim Norton Maureen & Roger White Melissa Herold Melody Good Michael & Linda Squires Michael S Gorton Mike & Kay Meaney Mike Anderson Mike Hambly Mirsad Sabic

Nancy & David Lemons Nancy & Richard Seidler Natalie Sugira Neil & Lil Williams Nick & Glenda Hellenthal Olga Chyle Jung Pam & Jim Taylor Pamela Hickman Pat & Gene Leonhart Patricia Toles Patsy Steva Paul & Yvonne Pietsch Paul Smith Paula Strait Peggy & Tom Holdiman Philip & Lois Miller Radhi Hasan Al-Mabuk & Sheila Rudin Randy & Lynn Kroemer Rebecca & Frank Mannina Richard & Linnea Graen Richard & Marilyn Weber Richard Kleinschmidt Robert & Jolene Wyatt Robert & Mary Lou Knight Robert & Shirley Wilson Robert Ebert Roger & Marilyn Hanson Roger & Sharon Jordan Ronald & Laverne Kelderman Ronald Schwantes Roxanne Fuller Ryan Melloy Sandra Marsau Sandy Benek Sara Dunbar Scott Graen Shelle Staudt Shelley Stout Stan & Bev McCadam Stanley & Kathleen Gerdes Steve & Lisa Sesterhenn Steve Copenhaver Steve Meyer Steven & Kay Leary Sue Heupel Svend & Elin Koch Tasha Dontje Terry & Carol Erion Terry Koch Tom & Vicki Moe Tracy Potts

Troy & Heather Larson-Blakestad Uyntha Duncan Vaughn & Judy Griffith Virgil & Diane Goodrich Virginia Sprouse Wanda Martin Wayne & Eileen Aurand Wayne Green Wayne Schwickerath Wesley & Bonnie Poley William & Connie Wix William & Janet Striepe William Jochumsen William Witt

Iowa Heartland is pleased to be working with the Waterloo Community Development Office to use NSP stimulus housing funds to fill vacant homes and vacant lots with Habitat families. Four of the nine NSP homes will be filled with the White, Hobart, Troche and Magee Habitat families. 1137 Leavitt, 1571 Wakonda and 422 Bertch are affordable rehabs in Waterloo and 1333 Leavitt will be torn down and a new Habitat home built in its place. HOME $$ Memorials have been helping Habitat build homes in Dean & Marilyn McClure Cedar Falls and Waterloo since 2002. The Karin Leonard new HOME projects in Cedar Falls and Waterloo are 1937 Clay and 1218 Bauch – both demo/new homes. The Durhammer and Williams families will move into these homes. Care a Vanners will work on 1571 Wakonda over two weeks in August and two John Deere Blitz weeks will frame and enclose 1333 Leavitt and 1218 Bauch. All the homes will be ready for Habitat families over the next 6 – 8 months. Other Waterloo NSP properties include rehabs at 325 Lane, 1668 and 1681 Woodmayr, 924 Conger and 525 E 3rd, a demo/new home. THANK YOU WATERLOO and CEDAR FALLS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT LET’S KEEP BUILDING !

Williams family

Derhammer family 8

Neighborhood Stabilization and Home Funds Program

Magee family

Troche family

Hobert family 9

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The tour will start with the home dedication of 330 Oneida, Waterloo at 4 pm. This Habitat home build led by Del Carpenter has seen Wednesday and Saturday work with primarily church crews and is the home of Tamara Bradford and two children.


659 Lunar Lane, Waterloo will be our next stop for the 5 pm home dedication of this year’s Women Build, home of Kim Spates and her two daughters. Women crews have been working on Thursdays and Saturdays since March 27th with Steve King as leader. This home joins three other Habitat homes in the neighborhood of Solar Drive/Lunar Lane.

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We will try to get in as many Habitat homes on the tour as possible but the tour will end by 8 pm at the starting point in Waterloo. The tour will certainly include the current Cedar Falls build, Habitat’s oldest neighborhood on Florence Street and our NSP homes in progress in Waterloo.

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Jennifer Heeren started volunteering with Habitat for Humanity after the 2008 disasters that swept through Butler County. When Iowa Heartland expanded into Butler County to help build with a family devastated by the floods, Jennifer stepped in as the Volunteer Coordinator for their county. With the second Butler County home underway in Parkersburg, Jennifer has continued to round up volunteer crews to help build. Despite this rainy summer, volunteers in Parkersburg have made good progress for the September completion of the Butler County home. Jennifer has been very successful in lining up work crews for Wednesdays and Saturdays through July. Volunteer crews are still needed for Wednesdays and Saturdays in August and September. To volunteer in Butler County, contact Jennifer Heeren at Also playing a valuable role in the building of Butler County homes are the members from the Butler County Steering Team. Active members include: Jennifer Heeren, Shelene Codner, Virgil Goodrich, Mary Johnson, Jim and Mary Norton, Jane Close, Clint Ackerson, John Schwennen and Don and Evelyn Bliss. Team members have helped get the word out about Habitat for Humanity by contacting local newspapers and community members, setting up displays at local libraries, taking part in the Butler County Fair and participating in the Shell Rock 4th of July Parade. At the Butler County Fair, volunteers raised money by playing games and raffling a play house donated by Faith Lutheran Church in Shell Rock, Iowa. When RAGBRAI went through Parkersburg on July 29th, the Habitat home was featured by signs and information so that many bikers could get a good look at our Habitat home. Thank you to Jennifer, the Butler County Steering Team and all the volunteers who make it possible for Habitat to build simple, decent and affordable homes for families in need. Karen & Dana Anderson

Your Generosity Makes The Difference

Jennifer Heeren and the Butler County Steering Team

Habitat Board members, past and present, as well as volunteers and donors are invited on the tour. Vans and or a bus will be lined up, we will get supper along the way and a good time will be had by all. More details and a road map will be given to those who sign up. Monday, August 16th will be the absolute last day to sign up Contact 235 9946 or

Habitat Staff- John Tschetter John Tschetter started volunteering with Habitat for Humanity after the flood of 2008 as a member of the Green A m e r i C o r p s group. Along with other members, he worked on energy conservation and flood recovery for Black Hawk County. Green AmeriCorps has become a key partner with Habitat. Their members get construction training on the Habitat job site and Habitat gets a consistent weekly volunteer crew. When John’s term with AmeriCorps was up, he was hired by Habitat for Humanity as a second Site Supervisor in January, 2010. With the help of another Site Supervisor, Habitat is able to take more volunteer crews and build more homes with families

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