H&S Heating and Air Conditioning inducted into CMHFH Hall of Fame


Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity (CMHFH) kicked off the new year by thanking and recognizing their many donors, volunteers and business partners at their annual Dream Builders Reception at the Kelly Inn.

Each year CMHFH recognizes a local business that has been donating cash or in-kind services and materials to its organization. They demonstrate a consistent, long-time, active interest in helping CMHFH reach its goals. The partner businesses also demonstrates a passion for the mission of Habitat for Humanity that is at the heart of their donations. This year’s inductee is H&S Heating and Air Conditioning Residential and Service, LLC.

“H&S Heating and Air Conditioning has grown to be strong Habitat partner over the years,” said Dave Jacobs, CMHFH Board President. “In addition to their donations of time and talent, H&S Heating owners Emily and Jeremy Salzbrun are energetic Habitat advocates out in the community. We definitely cannot accomplish all that we do without partners like H&S.”

Over the past years, H&S Heating has partnered with CMHFH on over 24 homes, is a regular sponsor of Habitat fundraising events, Jeremy Salzbrun is part of the Homeowner Education Classes and does a walk through with Partner Families to educate them on how to change a furnace filter, how to set the thermostat, and troubleshoot any issues they may encounter.

“H&S is truly as good as it gets when it comes to a Habitat subcontractor partner,” said Art Buhs, CMHFH Construction Manager. “They are always quick to respond and are fantastic working with our Partner Families and homeowners.”

“We were taught to give back and we love helping to build a stronger community,” said Jeremy Salzbrun. “Central Minnesota Habitat is a natural fit for H&S Heating and Air to partner with. Emily and I love Habitat!”

Thrivent Financial partners with CMHFH on Thrivent Builds #26

Thrivent Financial, CMHFH’s 2017 Business Partner of the Year, is partnering with CMHFH on Thrivent Builds #26 in 2018!

Over the past 10 years, Thrivent Financial has awarded over $2 million in grants to Central Minnesota, helping 25 families attain safe, affordable housing.  The grant, a part of the Thrivent Builds program, provides half of the financial support needed to build a home. The rest of the support is raised from local businesses, churches, and members of the community. The homes are built by volunteers from sponsoring businesses, churches, the partner family and the general public.

Construction is set to start this summer on the 4-bedroom home on Clearwater Road.

CMHFH kicks off New Year with new Executive Director

Rick Nelson has been named Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity’s new Executive Director. Nelson is poised to lead the 28-year-old organization beginning right away in 2018 and aims to sustain and grow CMHFH’s impact in the greater St. Cloud region. He comes to St. Cloud from Woodbury, Minn. and brings decades of experience leading faith communities and engaging in community service efforts to end homelessness, poverty, and promote wellness and social justice.
Board President Dave Jacobs says, “The CMHFH Board of Directors is absolutely thrilled to name Rick Nelson as our next Executive Director. His depth of experience, enthusiasm for mission, and ties to the Central Minnesota community combine to make him the ideal leader for our next phase of development. We look forward to introducing Rick to our donors, volunteers and community partners to continue the critical work of making homeownership affordable for more families in our region.”
Nelson earned his doctorate in Leadership from Luther Seminary. In recent years, he has served as a consultant and coach to nonprofit organizations and their leaders. Previously, Rick served as Senior Pastor of Lutheran churches in California, Montana, Arizona, and in Minneapolis; Board Chair of Lutheran World Relief; Director of Development for Children’s Law Center of Minnesota; and Director of Worship Arts at Peace Church in Eagan. He and his wife, Kristen, who is from Stearns County, look forward to being closer to family and to becoming engaged once again with the four county area Central MN Habitat for Humanity serves.
Nelson says, “I am so glad for this opportunity to lead a nonprofit organization within the greater St. Cloud community-such great people here, and to be part of a proven movement within God’s world working to help others in the name of Jesus to enjoy their very best lives is a privilege. It is exciting to walk together into God’s marvelous future, making a difference one life at a time.”