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Ali, J’Kalein, and guests discuss all things housing, community, and Iowa Heartland every
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Building Community: Green Living & Energy Diversity Inclusion

Have you ever considered how income may affect a person’s ability to purchase environmentally friendly and energy efficient solutions for their home? Today, Ali and J’Kalein visit with Ashley Craft, program director for University of Northern Iowa's Green Iowa AmeriCorps program. Tune in to learn about their important environmental work in our community and across the state. Thanks for listening to episode six of Season Two: Building Community!

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Hosts: Ali Parrish and J'Kalein Madison | Guest: Ashley Craft| Producer & Editor: Norah Schlax | Music: bensound

October 12, 2021

Building Community: Food Insecurity in Northeast Iowa with Barb Prather

Today, Ali and J’Kalein welcome the Executive Director of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Barb Prather to discuss closing the meal gap in our community, food insecurity, and how we partner. Thanks for tuning in to episode five of Season Two: Building Community!

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Hosts: Ali Parrish and J'Kalein Madison | Guest: Mindy Schmidt | Producer & Editor: Norah Schlax | Music: bensound

September 28, 2021

Building Community: Corporate Partnerships with Mindy Schmidt

Today, Ali and J’Kalein welcome the Community Relations Manager of John Deere Waterloo, Mindy Schmidt, to discuss corporate social responsibility and our ever-growing partnership with John Deere. Thanks for tuning in to episode four of Season Two: Building Community!

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Hosts: Ali Parrish and J'Kalein Madison | Guest: Mindy Schmidt | Producer & Editor: Norah Schlax | Music: bensound

September 14, 2021

Building Community: Restoration to Revitalization with David Deeds

Today Ali and J'Kalein chat with longtime supporter and past Iowa Heartland Board President, David Deeds as he shares his passion for urban design, historic preservation, and how he builds community through various local partnerships and projects! Thanks for tuning in to episode three of Season Two: Building Community!

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Hosts: Ali Parrish and J'Kalein Madison | Guest: David Deeds | Producer & Editor: Norah Schlax | Music: bensound

August 31, 2021

Building Community: Volunteerism with Lauren Finke and Ron Jensen

Volunteerism not only allows Iowa Heartland to continue serving our mission, but it also uplifts the entire Cedar Valley! Ali and J’Kalein are excited to welcome Lauren Finke, executive director of the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley & Ron Jensen, longterm Iowa Heartland supporter and regular volunteer. Lauren and Ron share their perspective on volunteerism and why they choose to partner with Iowa Heartland in our second episode of Season Two: Building Community!

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Hosts: Ali Parrish and J'Kalein Madison | Guests: Lauren Finke & Ron Jensen | Producer & Editor: Norah Schlax | Music: bensound

August 17, 2021

Building Community: Transitional Housing with Dusky Steele

Season 2 is here!! This season, entitled Building Community, is focused on highlighting our essential community partnerships that allow us to serve in a greater capacity. Ali and J'Kalein are kicking off the season with House of Hope Development Coordinator, Dusky Steele. Their discussion covers the incredible work House of Hope is doing to empower homeless women in our community as well as our duel-organization program, Framing Hope.

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Hosts: Ali Parrish and J'Kalein Madison | Guest: Dusky Steele| Producer & Editor: Norah Schlax | Music: bensound

August 3, 2021

Episode 15: Construction with Heath Christensen and John Poon

SEASON ONE FINALE: On this season of Bringing Down the House, we’ve talked about how families qualify for our affordable homeownership program and the joys and growth our families have experienced.. but what goes on between being accepted into our program and receiving the keys to their home? Today, on the season one finale of Bringing Down the House, Ali chats with Iowa Heartland’s Construction Manager, Heath Christensen and Senior Site Supervisor, John Poon about all things construction!

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May 4, 2021

Episode 14: How Homeownership Contributes to Wealth Building with LeKeisha Veasley

Ali and J'Kalein visit with Iowa Heartland Habitat Board Secretary and local housing expert, LeKeisha Veasley, to explore the ways homeownership contributes to a families ability to build wealth and the ways housing policies have contributed to wealth gaps in our community over the years.

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April 20, 2021

Episode 13: International Building & Global Partnerships with Wayne Green

Ali and J'Kalein visit with long time Iowa Heartland Habitat supporter, Wayne Green, to explore an often unknown and overlooked part of Habitat's mission; our international homebuilding and global partnerships. Heartwarming and inspirational stories are shared about Iowa Heartland's 6.5 year partnership with Habitat for Humanity El Salvador.

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April 6, 2021