Man embarks on 110-mile walk

Crystal Powell and her children hope to move into their new home soon.

East Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity (ECMHFH) Executive Director Wayne Eller will embark on a “Walk the Walk” fund raiser, a 110-mile journey, Oct. 8–13. His venture will take him through cities in East-Central Minnesota, all in order to raise funds and awareness for a family in need of safe, decent and affordable housing.

Crystal Powell, her children, and husband lost their home in the historic Willow River flood that occurred earlier this summer. A sign painted on the family’s home by the authorities reads “Do Not Enter.” The Powell family is now homeless.

During the family’s attempt to salvage their belongings as the flood waters rose, Crystal dislodged implanted screws in her previously repaired broken foot, but pressed on despite the pain to save what she could.  The next day, she went to work on the re-injured foot. East Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity has created the upcoming “Walk the Walk” fund raiser to rebuild Crystal’s and her family’s home.

On Monday, Oct. 8, the “Walk the Walk” fund raiser will start at the ECM Habitat’s Cambridge office at 129 East 2nd Avenue. The route will then travel through Pine City and Hinckley. On Oct. 11, Eller and supporters will arrive at the Willow River Habitat build site, where two Habitat partner families will join the walk.  The walk will then continue through Moose Lake and on to Duluth, and will end near the Superior Zoo on Saturday, Oct. 13 or Sunday the 14.