Brickl Bros. helps Habitat for Humanity keep Veteran Home on track

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Habitat for Humanity La Crosse Area closed the Habitat ReStore and halted construction of six homes for low-income families on March 20 in response to the “Safer at Home” order by Governor Evers.

“Beyond all else, our highest priority is the health and safety of our entire Habitat La Crosse community—staff, clients, volunteers, supporters, and all of our neighbors across the Coulee Region,” says Executive Director, Kahya Fox.

As Habitat La Crosse is slowly working to open operations, the shut-down has been extremely impactful for the non-profit organization, which has operated in the Coulee Region for over 28 years. “We have lost a significant amount of revenue that helps support our overall operations with the closure of the ReStore, and we had to cancel our largest fundraiser of the year,” Fox shares. Like many other businesses in the area, non-profits are also struggling to provide support in their communities.

The shutdown halted construction on Habitat’s first-ever Veterans Home located at 957 Hood Street in La Crosse. Jacob Klatte, a local veteran, and his family are anxiously awaiting the completion of their new home. The family currently lives in a very old home. The leaky home has burdened the family with high heating and electric bills, stretching their monthly budget even further. Every spring, the basement floods, and they have to deal with bad smells and mold.

Then, as we’ve been witnessing all over the Coulee Region, a local business stepped forward to help. Brickl Bros. is donating a crew of workers to complete all the framing for Habitat’s Veteran Home. “Framing with volunteers typically takes about four weeks to complete,” says Jeremy Reed, Habitat’s Construction Manager. “Brickl Bros. will be able to get all of the framing done in about a week. This will get us caught up and back on track with our timeline to complete this home for Jacob and his family.”

Deemed an essential business under Wisconsin’s Safer at Home Order, Brickl Bros. personnel are strictly adhering to state and federal guidelines while working on the home. “With families continuing to depend on Habitat for Humanity for affordable housing, Brickl Bros. is grateful for the opportunity to donate a crew of experienced carpentry professionals to the construction effort at the Hood Street build site,” shares Greg Brickl, Habitat La Crosse board member and Business Development Manager at Brickl Bros. “While we have stepped in to help Habitat for Humanity in the past, our team is particularly happy to know we’re helping to keep Habitat’s construction schedule on track during these challenging times, and to ensure the Klatte family moves into their new home as soon as possible.”

More information on Habitat for Humanity can be found here.