The Jensen Family is excited to be the newest partner family for Itasca County Habitat for Humanity. Justine Jensen, who grew up in Marble and attended Greenway Public Schools, is a very determined individual. A mother of three, she earned her GED while working full time in order to better provide for her family.
Justine’s oldest son Dakota is 15 and attends Grand Rapids High School. He plays JV football and enjoys snowboarding. Twins Jack and Evan are 12 and in 7th grade at Robert J. Elkington Middle School. They enjoy attending the Itasca County Family YMCA with friends and sledding in the winter. All three boys enjoy riding dirt bikes and being active outdoors.
Justine went back to school in 2016 to obtain a 2-year Industrial Power Generation degree with a diploma in Pulp and Paper from Itasca Community College. In 2018 Justine started working in her current position in the distribution center for ASV. “ASV is a great family friendly place to work. They’re always willing to work with you if you need time off” says Justine. For the last few years she has helped with the highway clean-up project for ASV and says it made her realize how much she enjoys giving back.
Some of Justine’s hobbies include cooking, gardening, hunting, and fishing. She just loves anything outdoors! With her boys getting older, the prospect of having a house in town is exciting. They can then be more social and get involved in extracurricular activities. Justine states, “I have been working toward my own home for a long time. This will be our first actual home and I am so thankful to get this opportunity.” Justine has already been putting in volunteer hours and has attended financial classes offered through Habitat even before becoming a partner family. She is excited to learn more about building and maintaining houses.
The Jensens will be on schedule to purchase and move into their home in early summer 2020. This will be the 44th house that Itasca County Habitat for Humanity has built.