The City of Saint Paul has concluded its annual volunteer partnership with Habitat for Humanity for the 2014 build season. This year City staff donated their time to a new construction build on Manitoba Avenue just off of Rice Street. A total of 87 City employees ranging from Mayor Chris Coleman, Department Directors, the City Building Official, the City Engineer and a great number of other hard working City staff donated their labor for one day to the project. All told, city staff filled a total of five volunteer days on the project.
“This build site was a great example of the good work that Habitat for Humanity does in our community and a great example of City employees giving back,” said Mayor Coleman, who also volunteered at the site.
Director Ricardo Cervantes added, “This build site shows what the Department of Safety and Inspections can do to help with community livability.”
For the first time anyone can remember, volunteers had to be turned away so the site wasn’t too crowded.
“It’s great to see so many City employees volunteer to help take a vacant lot and turn it into a new, quality home for a deserving family,” said Mayor Coleman.
Recipients of this program pay most undergo need-based screening, dedicate many hours of their time to the build, pay back Habitat back for the cost of the home and take classes on responsible homeownership. To learn more, please visit Habitat for Humanity’s web site at http://www.tchabitat.org/.