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Habitat for Humanity chapters merge to serve five counties

October 9, 2018

Kevin Worden, Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Steele-Waseca and Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity are merging.

Under the new name — Two Rivers Habitat for Humanity — Executive Director Kevin Worden, who formerly led Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity, and combined leadership from both organizations will oversee and manage home construction, rehabilitation and repair services for five Minnesota counties: Waseca, Steele, Olmsted, Dodge and Wabasha.

“This merger combines the strengths of two healthy Habitat organizations to create an even stronger one,” Worden said. “Working together, we’ll be able to grow home construction and home preservation efforts in both regions far beyond what either organization could do alone.”

Taylor Herman, board chairman of the Steele-Waseca Habitat for Humanity, agreed.

“We’re looking forward to the increase in our capacity to serve more families in Minnesota,” he said. “This shift will give us greater ability to meet and exceed the need. That’s something we’re very proud of and excited to do.”

Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity Board Chairman Jim Berg said Rochester members also expect the merger to further strengthen neighboring communities throughout southern Minnesota.

“Habitat for Humanity brings people together, working side-by-side to transform lives. It may start with a single individual or family, but the impact of homeownership elevates an entire society of people,” he said. “Joining forces, we expect to see more families served, in more communities, in more ways.”

The combined organization will maintain offices in Owatonna and Rochester and oversee the Rochester Area ReStore. The merger is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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