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Kasson man named new Habitat director

From staff reports

A new executive director begins work today at Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity.

Kevin Worden of Kasson assumes the role previously held by Trent Fluegel, who left the organization in February to start his own business.

Worden is a member of Kasson City Council, commissioner of Kasson Economic Development Authority and development manager of Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest.

He will oversee Habitat for Humanity's efforts to complete seven houses by July and has outlined a goal of building 39 additional affordable homes in Olmsted County during the next five years.

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Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity has an extraordinary record of success of building homes and strong families, Worden said. "I'm really looking forward to working with the staff and volunteers to achieve the tremendous potential we have in the Rochester area."

The mission of Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity, a nondenominational Christian housing organization affiliated with Habitat for Humanity International, is to help working families buy homes.

Families selected to purchase a Habitat for Humanity home must put up $1,800 in closing costs and contribute 250 hours of "sweat equity," working alongside volunteers framing, roofing, painting and landscaping their new home.

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