Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity will join affiliates around the world in recognition of World Habitat Day 2011, by engaging in a month-long observance of the need for safe, decent and affordable shelter beginning Monday. 

World Habitat Day is designated each year by the United Nations as a time to reflect on the dire need for adequate shelter around the globe. In recognition of World Habitat Day and the work Habitat for Humanity has done to alleviate poverty housing. Habitat will dedicate its 500,000th house in Maai Mahiu, Kenya, and raise the walls on its 500,001st house in Paterson, N.J.

The Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity rehabbed 74 out of the 500,000 homes. A dedication of the most recently completed a home took place Monday in Brainerd. The dedication represented the 10th home built in partnership with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, the Central Lakes Thrivent Chapter and area Lutheran churches.

Habitat will kick off its 75th house at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 10 at 770 32nd Avenue S.W., Backus. Volunteer coordinator Laurie Ziebell, said it will take approximately 1,400 volunteer hours to build the home with Marlene Cheshire and her family. A church group from the Church of Latter Day Saints has signed up to work the first afternoon of the build.  

Registration for half or full day shifts is currently underway. Open shifts for the first week of framing are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-4:30 p.m., with 15-25 volunteers needed for each shift. Volunteers can sign up individually or as a group. Experience is not required for construction. The build will take six to eight weeks. 

For more information or to volunteer, contact Ziebell at 828-8517 or laurie.ziebell@lakesareahabitat.org