The Spring Valley Area Ministerial Association (SVAMA) will be hosting Habitat for Humanity's A Brush with Kindness Sept. 19, 20 and 21.

A Brush with Kindness is a home repair program that focuses mainly on neighborhood revitalization through minor exterior maintenance, landscaping and exterior painting projects.

It was started in accordance with a grant from Valspar, Habitat's national paint partner, to assist homeowners impacted by age, disability or family circumstances who struggle to maintain the exterior of their home.

Habitat for Humanity's Fillmore County coordinator, Megan Grebe, explained that these projects can include wheelchair ramps, roofs or even replacing windows.

"It all depends on the needs of the family and what they can afford," she said.

This particular project will be helping a local Spring Valley family paint the exterior of its house. According to Grebe this is the third project in in the county for the program.

The Rev. Dennis Timmerman of Our Savior's Lutheran Church explained he hopes this project will lead to more around the Spring Valley area. In fact he says "my dream is in 2015 to be doing a Habitat for Humanity house."

Timmerman has been involved with Habitat for Humanity projects for many years all over the country, so he is excited to see more projects happening within the local community.

Earlier this year he took a group from the community to work on the Habitat for Humanity home in Harmony. He, along with the group, found the project richly rewarding.

One of the reasons the association is starting with A Brush with Kindness is the cost. On average they would need to raise $20,000 to build a home, but through this program the cost for this project is significantly less at $900.

The SVAMA is looking for volunteers for the morning and afternoon shifts. The morning shift will be from 8 a.m. to noon and the afternoon shift will be 12:30 until 4 p.m. A group of 10 people are needed for each shift.

"As compassionate as I've seen Spring Valley be, I think we can make this happen," stated Timmerman.

If you or someone you know is interested in receiving help or more information, contact Habitat for Humanity at (507) 459-4199. Or if you would like to donate or volunteer for the A Brush for Kindness project in Spring Valley contact any local churches involved with the Spring Valley Area Ministerial Association.