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Community Connection: Habitat for Humanity builds homes, community

Community Connection: Habitat for Humanity builds homes, community


Today’s featured community group is Habitat for Humanity-Kenosha. Interim Executive Director Joyce Pavlina provided the answers.

Q: What is the mission of your organization?

A: Our mission is seeking to put God’s love into action. Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Q: Who are the leaders of your organization?

A: Joyce Pavlina is interim executive director; Ralph McCarthy, president of the board of directors; Bruce Cramer, vice president of the board of directors; Mary Manthei, secretary of the board of directors; and Katie Walsh, treasurer of the board of directors.

Q: How and when did your organization get its start?

A: Three people at two different congregations had a common goal to help the community. They put together a Steering Committee and the Kenosha affiliate was incorporated in 2012. We have built eight homes since then and renovated one other.

Q: What kinds of support do you need from the community?

A: Funding is always a need. We started a campaign to raise funds for a ReStore. We also could use volunteers for our home builds as well as people for our committees. Volunteers can register on our website at

Q: How can people get in touch and get involved?

A: Our Facebook page is The office phone is 262-925-0360. And you can always reach us at


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