Press Release / 11.2012
Mike Kramer (center) was recently honored at Habitat for Humanity – South Dakota’s annual Supporter of the Year banquet in Sioux Falls. Like all Habitat for Humanity affiliates, Dacotah Tipis receives the help and support from numerous individuals, businesses, and groups each year. Mike Kramer was awarded Dacotah Tipis Supporter of the Year for his dedication and financial contributions to Dacotah Tipis’ Medicine Crow build on the organization’s 2012 20th anniversary.
Mike Kramer of Grand Rapids, Michigan- 2012 Supporter of the Year
Mike Kramer is a life-long member of The Servants of the Word, a Christian, missionary brotherhood of men living single for the Lord. He is also the director of Kairos Mission Trips, a project that sponsors short-term mission trips and character-forming environments for high school students. Through these environments, teens learn that life is not about the development of self but about bringing glory to God and serving others.
Mike’s generous partnership with Dacotah Tipis in 2012 provided two major volunteer groups, and $6000.00 of grant funding he leveraged with nearly1000 volunteer hours, and $2,300.00 in volunteer donations, making an incredible impact on the community of Fort Thompson, SD. and on Dacotah Tipis Habitat for Humanity’s 20th Anniversary Medicine Crow Home Build.
The purpose of the annual Habitat celebration is to inform, inspire and invest. The day began with a Habitat-South Dakota Board meeting and a training session for the South Dakota Habitat affiliates and statewide board representatives. The topic this year was “Working to create a state housing trust fund in South Dakota.”
Scott Parsley from Madison, SD. took the group on a photo tour of his Viet Nam Veterans Global Village trip to Viet Nam earlier this year. His group built a Habitat home for a family in 122 degree heat! Scott has been a Habitat volunteer and board member for his local affiliate and currently for Habitat South Dakota. He began volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in the early 1990’s.
To learn more about Habitat’s work in your local community, Contact:
James J. Huntley, Executive Director Habitat for Humanity Dacotah Tipis
P.O. Box 487
Fort Thompson, SD 57339