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CenterPoint Energy employees help build home for low-income Minnesota family
Shakopee family to benefit from gift of labor
Habitat for Humanity

MINNEAPOLIS - July 26, 2010 - CenterPoint Energy employees and retirees recently volunteered in a weeklong work camp with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity to help build an energy-efficient home for a low-income family in Shakopee, Minn.

“Helping to build a Habitat for Humanity home has become nearly a 20-year tradition for our employees and retirees,” said Luke Litteken, south district director for CenterPoint Energy. “Our employees and retirees live and work in this community and they’re committed to giving back to those in need. This year we had nearly 100 CenterPoint Energy volunteers who worked on roofing and installing windows. It’s always exciting to work alongside the family who will eventually benefit from this program.”

The single-family home will be sold through the Habitat for Humanity home ownership program that builds and rehabilitates homes in partnership with low-income families and the community. Families who buy the homes are required to help work on them during construction or rehabilitation.

CenterPoint Energy volunteers also supported the local community by patronizing local businesses each day. John Schmitt, Shakopee mayor, Mark McNeil, Shakopee city administrator; and Representative Michael Beard, Minnesota House of Representatives, District 35A (Shakopee) toured the worksite with Habitat for Humanity and CenterPoint Energy leaders.

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CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services, interstate pipelines and field services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Assets total more than $19 billion. With about 8,800 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 135 years. In Minnesota, CenterPoint Energy is the state’s largest natural gas distribution utility, serving about 800,000 customers in 260 communities. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit