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Habitat for Humanity celebrates completion of their first home in 2020

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) --- Habitat for Humanity delivered the keys for a brand new home on Friday afternoon for one lucky family.

The organization celebrated the construction of its 49th home with an open house for the community to see the hard work of staff, volunteers, local businesses, and the Nissalke family, who will move into their new Habitat home.

"I'm going to be so happy," said new homeowner Kimberley Nissalke. "It's mine. It's going to put closure to it. I think it's still not real 'til I can start moving stuff in."

Nissalke and her two daughters began the process for a new house in early 2019. At the time, they were living in a small, unsafe home, facing large heating bills.

Now, Kimberley will purchase her home at the full appraised value with a 30 year, zero percent interest mortgage.

Habitat took on a rehab project off of Prospect St. to help shape Kim's new home. Over 175 volunteers, staff, and the family spent thousands of hours building the home.

"It's so amazing to take something that you're really kind of worried about and be able to stand in the living room and say that vision is now here," said Kahya Fox, executive director of Habitat for Humanity La Crosse area.

As one door closes, Habitat for Humanity of the La Crosse area wants to open the door for more families in search of their forever home. The organization is looking for two families to start the process for their homeowner's program.

Applications are available now and can be submitted to the organization no later than March 20. Habitat will be hosting homeowner informational sessions on Friday and Saturday. To learn more about the program and to download an application packet, visit

Mike Beiermeister

WXOW Weekend Anchor and Reporter

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