People: The ‘Holy Hammers’ get to work


Parkview Center School students Audrey Faricy, Sruthi Subramanian and Sebastian Helgeson won first place at the State History Day competition in the Group Documentary category for their film, “Planting Seeds to End World Hunger: Norman Borlaug’s Fight Against Famine.” They’re qualified to compete in June at the National History Day competition near Washington, D.C.

The “Holy Hammers” Habitat for Humanity group has nearly completed a house built in Blaine this spring and summer. 

Holy Hammers, which has worked together since 1999, consists of 15 ecumenical churches in the Roseville and Shoreview areas: Centennial United Methodist (Roseville); Corpus Christi Catholic (Roseville); Christ the King Lutheran (White Bear Lake); Falcon Heights United Church of Christ; Incarnation Lutheran (Shoreview); Lutheran Church of the Resurrection (Roseville); New Brighton United Church of Christ; New Life Presbyterian (Roseville); Our Savior’s Lutheran (Circle Pines); Presbyterian Church of the Way (Roseville); Prince of Peace Lutheran (Roseville); St. Michael’s Lutheran (Roseville); St. Odilia Catholic (Shoreview); St. Rose of Lima (Roseville); and Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran (Shoreview).

In it’s near two decades of existence, Holy Hammers has built 21 complete homes and parts of eight others, making the purchase of an affordable home a reality for more than 164 people. As a group it has donated some $1,272,806 to help sponsor its building projects.

In early June, a group from Prince of Peace Lutheran worked on the house. “We are working to help bring affordable housing to our community,” said church member Anne Haugan.

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry that works both to eliminate poverty housing around the world and to provide adequate homeownership in neighborhoods for hard-working, low-income families

Habitat houses are not given to anyone. Future homeowners are selected based on need, willingness to partner with Habitat and ability to make an affordable mortgage payment. Before purchasing their home, homebuyers complete “sweat equity” of at least 300 hours, which is unpaid labor on Habitat homes and attend classes on home ownership that include home maintenance, financial management and community life. 

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