33 episodes

Welcome to Bringing Down the HOUSE!, an Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity podcast hosted by Ali Parrish and J'Kalein Madison. Every other Tuesday, Ali and J'Kalein meet with local experts to cover topics related to building homes, communities, and hope in the Cedar Valley!

Make sure to give us a follow and turn on notifications so that you never miss an episode! You can also stay up to date by following us @BringingDownTheHousePod on Facebook and Instagram or visiting WeBuildHabitat.org/podcast

Bringing Down the HOUSE‪!‬ Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity

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    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

Welcome to Bringing Down the HOUSE!, an Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity podcast hosted by Ali Parrish and J'Kalein Madison. Every other Tuesday, Ali and J'Kalein meet with local experts to cover topics related to building homes, communities, and hope in the Cedar Valley!

Make sure to give us a follow and turn on notifications so that you never miss an episode! You can also stay up to date by following us @BringingDownTheHousePod on Facebook and Instagram or visiting WeBuildHabitat.org/podcast

    Building Hope: Stories of Geta & Boris

    Building Hope: Stories of Geta & Boris

    On the series finale of Bringing Down the House, Ali and J'Kalein are joined by Andy Conger, Iowa Heartland's Construction Director. Together, they listen to two stories of hope read by the Habitat for Humanity International CEO, Jonathan Reckford! They also reflect upon the past three seasons of building homes, communities, and hope. You don't want to miss this FINAL episode! Thank you for listening to Bringing Down the House!

    Episode Links(in order of mention):


    Habitat for Humanity International
    Andy's Episode - "Neighborhood Revitalization with Andy Conger"
    "Our Better Angels" by Jonathan Reckford
    Iowa Heartland's Repair Program
    "This is fine." meme
    CC Podcast

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    Website: WeBuildHabitat.org/podcast
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    Hosts: Ali Parrish and J'Kalein Madison | Read By: Jonathan Reckford | Guest: Andy Conger | Producer & Editor: Norah Schlax | Music: bensound

    • 41 min
    BONUS: Farewell to Norah

    BONUS: Farewell to Norah

    Welcome back to Bringing Down the House! Today Ali and J'Kalein say goodbye to producer, Norah Schlax and test her knowledge on the State of Maine. Norah is returning to Maine to be closer to family and start a new job! Tune in to this fun, heartwarming bonus episode of Bringing Down the House!

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    Website: WeBuildHabitat.org/podcast
    Instagram: BringingDownTheHousePod | IAHeartlandHFH
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    TikTok: IAHeartlandHabitat
    Twitter: BDTH_Pod

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

    • 35 min
    Building Hope: Lisa's Story

    Building Hope: Lisa's Story

    Welcome back to Bringing Down the House! Today Ali and J'Kalein are spending time with Ben Brustkern, the Executive Director of Friends of the Family. Friends of the family is a local organization that provides shelter, confidential services, and housing assistance to individuals in crisis due to homelessness, domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. You don't want to miss this difficult, yet heartwarming story of hope! Thank you for tuning in to episode three of Season 3: Building Hope!

    Episode Links(in order of mention):


    Friends of the Family - Hotline 1-800-410-SAFE
    Flonkerton - The Office Olympics
    Green Iowa AmeriCorps
    Home dedication - Park Street
    YMCA
    CC Podcast

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    Website: WeBuildHabitat.org/podcast
    Instagram: BringingDownTheHousePod | IAHeartlandHFH
    Facebook: BringingDownTheHousePod | IowaHeartlandHabitat
    TikTok: IAHeartlandHabitat
    Twitter: BDTH_Pod

    Hosts: Ali Parrish and J'Kalein Madison | Read By: Ben Brustkern | Producer & Editor: Norah Schlax | Music: bensound

    • 40 min
    Building Hope: Karen's Story

    Building Hope: Karen's Story

    Welcome back to Bringing Down the House! Today Ali and J'Kalein bring you a story of hope from one of our new Walnut Neighborhood residents, Karen. Stay tuned and be inspired by her incredible journey from Arizona to Waterloo, Iowa. Thanks for tuning in to episode two of season three!

    Episode Links(in order of mention):


    Walnut Neighborhood
    Habitat for Humanity Colorado
    Waterloo Center for the Arts
    Norris Corson Family Planetarium
    "Hardware Store" - Spellers True Value
    Twin Power Group - ReMax Home Group
    University of Northern Iowa
    Schadenfreude Definition
    Avenue Q
    CC Podcast

    Follow us!


    Website: WeBuildHabitat.org/podcast
    Instagram: BringingDownTheHousePod | IAHeartlandHFH
    Facebook: BringingDownTheHousePod | IowaHeartlandHabitat
    TikTok: IAHeartlandHabitat
    Twitter: BDTH_Pod

    Hosts: Ali Parrish and J'Kalein Madison | Read By: Karen Kalaassen | Written by: Karen Kalaassen | Producer & Editor: Norah Schlax | Music: bensound

    • 39 min
    Building Hope: Lorena's Story

    Building Hope: Lorena's Story

    Welcome back to Bringing Down the House! One of Habitat for Humanity’s key principals from the very beginning has been to promote dignity and hope. In fact, the theme of hope is woven through all of our work and our mission statement today. That’s why season three, entitled Building Hope, will be designed around stories of hope written by various partners of Iowa Heartland Habitat or members of our community. To kick off season three, Ali and J’Kalein reflect on a story of hope shared by our tithing partner, Habitat for Humanity El Salvador. You don’t want to miss this incredible story from around the world!

    Episode Links(in order of mention):


    "This is fine." photograph
    Habitat for Humanity El Salvador
    International Building & Global Partnerships with Wayne Green [ Anchor | Apple | Spotify ]
    Lorena's Family Photo
    CC Podcast

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    Website: WeBuildHabitat.org/podcast
    Instagram: BringingDownTheHousePod | IAHeartlandHFH
    Facebook: BringingDownTheHousePod | IowaHeartlandHabitat
    TikTok: IAHeartlandHabitat
    Twitter: BDTH_Pod

    Hosts: Ali Parrish and J'Kalein Madison | Read By: Vanessa Albanéz | Written by: Vanessa Albanéz & Rodrigo Godoy | Producer & Editor: Norah Schlax | Music: bensound

    • 40 min
    BONUS: The Holiday Special

    BONUS: The Holiday Special

    On this special bonus episode of Bringing Down the House, Ali, J'Kalein, and Norah chat about their holiday traditions and look back on their favorite moments of the last two seasons. Norah then puts Ali and J'Kalein to the test in a trivia game, "Name That Guest!". Who do you think will win? Finally, we asked YOU for your favorite Christmas carols in person and on social media! Ali and J'Kalein finish out the episode singing a few carols accompanied by Nathaniel Parrish on keyboard.

    Follow us!


    Website: WeBuildHabitat.org/podcast
    Instagram: BringingDownTheHousePod | IAHeartlandHFH
    Facebook: BringingDownTheHousePod | IowaHeartlandHabitat
    TikTok: IAHeartlandHabitat
    Twitter: BDTH_Pod

    Hosts: Ali Parrish and J'Kalein Madison | Guests: Lynette Sorensen & Dylan Does | Producer & Editor: Norah Schlax | Music: bensound

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

bobfili ,

Marvelous

Perfect blend of being both educational and informative. Lots of things I just did not know! Certainly makes me want to do more to help out. Congratulations on a great podcast!

ncparp5 ,

So excited!

I cannot wait to tune in to this podcast! Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity does awesome work in our community and it will be great to hear from them!

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