Meet Janelle Poulsen


Palouse Habitat for Humanity Announces Family for 2018 Home, Welcomes public to Wall Raising Celebration

Moscow, ID (July 31, 2018) – Palouse Habitat for Humanity is proud to announce that Janelle Poulsen and her three children will be the Habitat Future Homeowner for the 2018 home.

Poulsen was selected from a pool of six applicants based on criteria that included need, ability to make mortgage payments, and ability to be a successful Habitat homeowner.  The Habitat Homeowner Selection committee carefully reviews financial history, conducts credit and background checks, conducted interviews and consulted references as part of the process.

Janelle Poulsen works as an administrative assistant with the Clearwater Resource and Conservation and Development Council in Potlatch Idaho.  She moved to Potlatch last year in search of a calm, family friendly community to raise her three young children, Rowan (6), Benna (4) and Qwynn (2).  This fall she plans to attend the University of Idaho to study business.  Janelle recognizes what a big commitment she is undertaking, along with building a home, but she is determined to build a better life for her children.

The public is invited to an old-fashioned wall raising to celebrate the Poulsen family home build.  Please join us this Sunday, August 5th at 2:00 at 610 N. Ponderosa Drive in Potlatch.  There will be a brief program, with a blessing by Princeton Church of the Nazarene Pastor Robert Lambert, followed by a wall raising and refreshments.

As a Habitat Future Homeowner, Poulsen will spend 300 hours helping build the home alongside volunteers, participate in financial education and home maintenance classes, save a down payment of $1000 and purchase the home from Palouse Habitat once completed.

Construction is already underway on the home in Potlatch.  To volunteer or make a financial gift to purchase building materials, visit