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Ethel Johnson, third from left, a new homeowner, is seen at the site of one of four groundbreaking ceremonies for Habitat for Humanity homes on Saturday.
This home at 4417 29th Ave. is one of two being renovated by Habitat for Humanity and one of four where groundbreaking ceremonies were held on Saturday.
Ethel Johnson, new homeowner, at the site of one of four groundbreaking ceremonies for Habitat for Humanity homes at 4417 29th Ave. on Saturday, July 14, 2018.
Ethel Johnson, second from right, a new homeowner, is joined by other family and volunteers during a moment of prayer at the site of one of four groundbreaking ceremonies for Habitat for Humanity homes at 4417 29th Ave. on Saturday, July 14, 2018
Ethel Johnson, center, joins in groundbreaking at the site of her new Habitat for Humanity home at 4417 29th Ave. on July 14.
Ethel Johnson, right, who will move into the 29th Avenue residence as a new homeowner when renovation is complete, gets a hug from a well-wisher during the Habitat for Humanity groundbreaking ceremoney at the site on Saturday.
The Almaguer family, center, gathers for a blessing of its new Habitat for Humanity home at 4627 38th Ave. on Nov. 12, 2017.
Mariah, left, and Jaidyn Almaguer play around in the basement of their family's new Habitat for Humanity home at 4627 38th Ave. Sunday.
The Almaguer family, from left, Rachel, Jaidyn, Guadalupe and Mariah with Bob Petersen, construction manager, take part in the dedication of their Habitat for Humanity home at 4627 38th Ave. Sunday.
Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Fran Hansen, left, stands with the Ugarte family before cutting the ribbon on the family’s new home Saturday. From left are children Chaz and Savannah flanking mother Tania, with older children Tina and Chris to her right.
Tania Ugarte with kids Tina and Chris celebrate after cutting the ribbon to their new Habitat for Humanity home on Saturday.
Ashley Schmidt of Uline and a Habitat for Humanity board member gives the Ugarte family — Chris, Tina, Chaz, mom Tania and Savannah — a wagon full of paper goods for a house dedication gift Saturday.
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 habitatkenosha.org.