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CARGILL EMPLOYEES TO HELP BUILD HOME FOR MINNEAPOLIS FAMILY

 MINNEAPOLIS, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- About 150 Cargill employees and retirees will join forces with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity this summer to help a Minneapolis family plan and build a home they otherwise could not afford.
 A ground-breaking ceremony at 6 p.m., July 12 on 2533 14th Ave. S., in Minneapolis will begin construction of a home for James and Dionne Trice and their three children.
 For Dionne Trice, the project will end the uncertainty her family faces by renting. "It's a piece of land that is mine," Trice said. "No one can kick you out or make you move. You have a sense of ownership and of really belonging someplace."
 This is the first year Cargill has been involved in the Habitat for Humanity International project, which has helped low income families build and renovate homes for almost 20 years. In the Twin Cities, the project has provided 60 local families with homes.
 Steve Quiggle, a Cargill Fertilizer employee who will direct Cargill's involvement, said the project will help the Trice family to finally buy the safe and affordable home they've been searching for since they moved to Minneapolis three years ago. "The family is thrilled to have people come build them a house they couldn't otherwise afford on the open market," Quiggle said. "It creates a good sense of community and pride."
 Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity depends on volunteers, like Cargill employees, who will donate labor, construction materials, funds and professional services during its third week of construction, Aug. 2-6. Other organizations that will work on the house include the Westwood Lutheran Church, Residential Funding Corporation and Minnegasco.
 Since the organization doesn't borrow money to build the houses, families are able to move into debt-free homes. Houses are sold to families for what it costs to build or renovate them, excluding labor. The average cost is $37,500.
 Families are eligible for Habitat housing if they meet specific economic conditions, live in inadequate housing, but can afford monthly payments of about $250. In return for their new home, the Trice family is also required to spend 350 hours volunteering at a Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity construction site -- eight of which they completed before their application for a house was fully processed.
 By being involved in the project, Quiggle said volunteers will become more aware of housing problems in the Twin Cities. "A lot of people's eyes will be opened," Quiggle said. "People don't always realize what the housing problems are like."
 Cargill is a privately held merchandiser, processor, transporter and warehouser of agricultural and other bulk commodities. The company is a major supplier of food ingredients and products to food service institutions and restaurants, grocery retailers, wholesalers and food manufacturers. It employs more than 68,000 individuals in 58 countries.
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 /CONTACT: Amy O'Marro, 612-742-6186, or Gladys Tripp, 612-742-6201, both of Cargill/


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