Itasca County Habitat for Humanity

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Hi! I am Dawn.  I am a single mom of 4 amazing children.  I am originally from the Grand Rapids and Cohasset area.  As a child, I attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School and graduated from Grand Rapids High School. After leaving for college and exploring careers in other parts of the state, I found my way back home in 2008. I grew up with two wonderful parents and 5 siblings. We are a very close family.  They have all been extremely helpful and supportive through my current life changes and housing situation.  

After high school, I attended Minnesota State University Moorhead and graduated in 2006 with my Bachelors in Social Work.  Since moving back to the area, I have worked mainly within the schools as a Para sub and even owned my own daycare for several years. I am currently an ESP (teacher’s aid) with Invest Early.  I work in the infant room at the Deer River location.   I may go back into the Social Work field someday but have found my calling to work with infants and toddlers during this period of my life.   My children and I attend St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grand Rapids as well as St. Augustine’s church in Cohasset where Nora really enjoys helping during mass! The family is also very active in the Northland Taekwondo program.

Nora is 9 and loves animals! She is very kind and giving, she is also very helpful with her brothers! Henrik is 6 and is a true leader.  He enjoys teaching others, especially his siblings, the things he learns during scientific experiments and what he learns in Taekwondo. Kane is 4 and is hilarious, he enjoys making people laugh and he also loves to spend time with his younger brother.  Elias, 1, is so sweet and gives the best hugs! He loves to spend as much time as he can with his older siblings.  As a family, we enjoy gardening! Together we plan out what we will grow and how we will preserve what we harvest.  We work as a team to maintain our home and make healthy family meals.  We take camping as an opportunity to grow as a family and enjoy nature, working together to gather firewood and cook meals over the fire.  We enjoy traveling to state parks and visiting Minnesota attractions as often as possible.  

With the recent family changes, I have found myself looking for affordable, adequate housing for my family.  In the current housing market, I’m finding it very difficult for my single income to obtain housing that would fit my needs.  We also have a cat, Mimi, and a dog (lab/German Sheppard), Koda.  Building this house will mean we have a safe and affordable place to call home, where my 4 children can grow up without the worry of old plumbing/heating/wiring, crumbling foundation, leaky roof, etc.!  We will have adequate space to grow as a family.  We will also have the ability to keep our furry, four-legged family members! With the help of friends, family, church, other volunteers, and above all God, I am excited to achieve my goal of purchasing and maintaining my own home! This is an answer to my prayer for Nora, Henrik, Kane, Elias, and I.  We are looking to move into our new home by Christmas 2021.  


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Itasca County Habitat for Humanity

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510 SE 11th Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744



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