ReNew La Crosse enters third year

Program hopes to revitalized more than two dozen La Crosse homes.

More than two dozen homes are being “ReNewed.” Saturday marks the first day of “ReNew La Crosse,” a month-long effort to revitalize two of La Crosse’s oldest neighborhoods.

The rising houses are more than just a typical building for Michelle. She’s pounding nail afternail into the walls that will be part of her home. “It’s a new experience,” said Michelle.

The home will be a very helpful upgrade for Michelle and her family. “I have a disabled child and I’m really hoping I can get the equipment I need for him after moving in,” said Michelle. “Like lifts and his wheelchair will be able to move from room to room. I can’t do that where I’m living now, so it’s really going to be a lot of help.”

The goal of the ReNew program is to revitalize neighborhoods, such as Powell-Poage-Hamilton and Washburn.

The program is moving into its third year and continues to see success. “Every single year, usually, if we’re out and we’re doing stuff,” said Amanda Acklin, Habitat for Humanity’s executive director. “The next thing you know, a couple hours later you start to notice a lot of the other people are out in their yards and they’re doing things.”

On Saturday, there were about 65 volunteers doing everything from raking leaves to building a brand-new home.

At least one group featured primarily women. They’re taking part in National Women’s Build month. “Basically what it is, is we’re encouraging women to get out and make difference in the community, eliminate poverty housing,” said Amanda Fehr, Habitat for Humanity’s volunteer coordinator.

There are at least three more opportunities to get involved with the program this month. They are:

Saturday, May 9 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 16 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 30 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 6 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

If you’d like to help, visit www.renewlacrosse.org for more details.