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Employees help build a Habitat home in Minnesota

Habitat for Humanity2010 marks the 18th year that CenterPoint Energy has partnered with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity to build energy-efficient, affordable homes. Nearly 100 employees and retirees volunteered to help construct a Shakopee, Minn., home last week as they worked on framing, insulation, roofing and siding.

“The Habitat for Humanity project provides an opportunity for the company to build on relationships with a non-profit partner along with city officials and state government leaders in a community served by CenterPoint Energy while utilizing the skills and talents of our employees and retirees,” said Luke Litteken, south district director.

In the above photo, from the left, Tony Bourgoin, Construction & Maintenance special technician, and Keith Novy, CNP construction services inspector, assemble scaffolding for volunteers to work on roofing and siding. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is best known for its homeownership program that builds and rehabilitates simple, quality homes in partnership with low-income families and the community. The homes are sold with affordable, zero-percent-interest mortgages, with a 30-year commitment for each new homeowner.

On June 17, at the invitation of Corporate Community Relations and Gas Operations in Minnesota, city and state officials toured the worksite with Habitat and CNP leaders. Pictured from the left are Luke Litteken, CNP district director; Neol Hibbard, CNP area manager; John Schmitt, Shakopee mayor; Mark McNeil, city administrator; Michael Beard, district representative for the Minnesota House of Representatives; Suzanne Pierazek, CNP manager, Community Relations; and Susan Turbes, CNP associate director, State Government.