November 17th, 2022

NCHH30 Throwback Thursday

Week 25: November 17, 2022

by Christopher Bloom

NCHH turned THIRTY this year, so we’re celebrating with a new “Throwback Thursday” photo each week.

Today’s throwback is a shot of our Carol Kawecki chatting with one of the local kids at the “Viking Terrace International Winter Celebration,” a community luncheon event held for the community in Worthington, Minnesota, on November 11, 2006. As you can see, making new friends is often the best part of the job!

It snowed the night before the event, so the team laid tarps on the grass before erecting the tent so that attendees wouldn’t have to walk on the fresh snow while milling around inside. (Sometimes, it’s the little things that make all the difference.) We’re pleased to report that the event was a great success: lots of smiles, children dancing, and delicious food.

Our project included substantial rehabilitation of 60 apartment units in the rural community at Viking Terrace in Worthington to meet the Enterprise Green Communities criteria. We discussed the project in our 2009 case study, The Advent of a Green Community, which has remained a popular publication for years. You can read more about our work at Viking Terrace project here. For more happy faces, check out this presentation of photos from the kickoff event.

As for Carol, the longtime project manager left her personal touch on many NCHH projects over the years before joining our for-profit subsidiary, Healthy Housing Solutions, first as a senior program manager, then as its vice president. Carol’s now working on what she says is her final, final project before her well-deserved retirement, “Evaluation of the HUD Older Adults Home Modification Grant Program.” Will it really be her last hurrah? Only time will tell. If so, we’ll all be very sorry to see her go; but if anyone’s earned the rest, it’s Carol.

Carol Kawecki

NCHH’s Carol Kawecki making a new friend in Worthington, MN, November 11, 2006.

See You Next Week

We hope that you’ve enjoyed this throwback in honor of our 30th anniversary. Remember that we’ll post a new throwback every Thursday morning at 9:04 a.m. on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter through May 25, 2023. If you’ve missed a previous post, you can always reminisce with us via our NCHH30 gallery.


Christopher Bloom, Communications and Marketing Officer, NCHHChristopher Bloom is NCHH’s communications and marketing manager. He joined NCHH in 2008 after nearly a decade in the real estate industry. In a previous role at NCHH, he coordinated a national Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) training program, one of the most successful in the nation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Textual Studies from Syracuse University.



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