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Habitat has busy schedule this month

Habitat for Humanity of Detroit Lakes members have not one, not two, but about half a dozen things going on at the moment.

First up is the golf scramble set for Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Forest Hills Golf Course. Registration begins at noon, followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

Cost for the Sprint-Habitat event is $75 per person, or $175 per hole for sponsorship. Individual fees include 18 holes of golf, cart and one ticket to the social. Hole sponsorship included individual or business name on a sign at the hole, one golf registration, 18 holes of golf, cart and one ticket to social.

A group of four for golf will pay $275.

To register by July 30, contact Carrie at 844-5397 or e-mail

Next up is gathering new and gently used building materials for the upcoming auction, Oct. 13, in the Daggett Truck Line parking lot, Frazee.

Donations can be dropped off at ColorTek on Highway 10, east of Detroit Lakes, or Habitat members can pick up supplies as well.

Applications for the 2008 house must be postmarked by tomorrow, Aug. 20. Habitat has stepped up the amount of houses the organization is helping build to one per year. This year's house went to Raisa Fritz and her son, Cameron, and it is located east of Detroit Lakes in the Maple Hills development.

The house will be dedicated in mid- to late- October.

For guidelines as to who can apply for the 2008 house, visit the Web site at The 2008 family will be chosen by the end of this year.

And to make all this happen, Habitat is looking for volunteers.

"We have a huge need for volunteers to do behind the scenes work. It takes more than builders to make this happen," Executive Director Brian Smith said.

Those volunteers can help as board members, committee members, fund-raising, cooking, etc.

"Dedicated individuals to..." Smith said.

" a part of the ministry," Judy Jacobs, event committee chair, said.

Volunteers are working on the plumbing, electricity and heating in Fritz's house, but there is a need for sheet rockers, painters, finish workers, flooring covering and yard workers. For those not interested in building, but willing to help, meals needs to be made for "all these people (who) come out and need to be fed," Jacobs said.

She added that without the volunteers thus far, "we wouldn't be at this point."

Smith explained that some people don't understand that those working on the houses are professionals that just fit the work into their spare time, so it takes a bit longer than putting up the average house.

Besides the professionals, adults who will live at the home -- Raisa Fritz in this instance -- must put in 250 hours of building as well.

Smith said Habitat is applying for another Thrivent grant -- the organization has one for this year's house as well. He said it's more competitive this time around, and the grant is based a lot on what's gone on in the organization this year.

"In DL, we're trying to fulfill our obligation of completing a house a year," he said.

"Even after the dedication, we continue to support families throughout the first year of ownership, and even after the first year," Smith added.