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     Stephanie Harris got involved with Habitat for Humanity in high school and has continued to be a driving force in raising up the next generation of volunteers for Habitat Kent. Stephanie is currently the president of Habitat Young Professionals of Kent County, which is a group that helps support Habitat Kent’s work through volunteerism and giving. HYP also provides a platform for networking and fellowship for young professionals through service.


      “My position is trying to get everyone equipped with what they need,” Harris said. She serves as a liaison between the group and Habitat Kent staff in order to most effectively create opportunities for service and fundraising.

      Harris has been around Habitat for many years locally and in her hometown of Cincinnati, giving her a unique perspective on the impact of Habitat.

      “Everyone is coming because they're looking for something,” Harris said. “People connect and people find community and people get houses in safe places.”

      When Harris went to college she actively pursued involvement with Habitat Kent that led her to join HYP as a student. Harris said her connection to Habitat as a student and now as a young professional has changed her view on unity and serving with others.

      “I’ve become more aware of the beauty of diversity.”  

      HYP will be hosting their 4th Annual Build-a-Spike Volleyball Tournament on June 18th at the Score in Grand Rapids. This will be an opportunity for corporations or groups to sponsor a team, have fun, meet new people, and raise money for Habitat Kent. Email if you’re interested organizing a team, sponsoring a table, or donating a silent auction item.

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It started with a successful millionaire couple 40 years ago. Millard and Linda Fuller sought to reaffirm their Christian faith by giving away all of their possessions and moving to a farm, where a group of Christians had gathered to intentionally live according to New Testament values.

Millard Fuller’s approach to starting Habitat for Humanity was counter-cultural even by today’s standards.

As part of their ministry at Koinonia Farm in Americus, Georgia, the Fullers helped neighboring low-income families build affordable homes. Homeowners were expected not only to work with Koinonia volunteers during the construction process but pay back the cost of the house to a revolving fund, called the “Fund for Humanity.” This model allowed volunteers to build even more houses.

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“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” – Malachi 3:10

     The definition of a tithe within Habitat for Humanity is essentially the same as the biblical definition of tithe – to take 10 percent of what we have been blessed with and give it back to God. Through Habitat’s Tithe program, Habitat affiliates in the United States are encouraged to donate 10 percent of all unrestricted cash donations each year to further the organization’s work in other countries.

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Stability and opportunity. 

A well-funded endowment provides a permanent source of support for addressing Habitat Kent's existing and future needs.

  • Allows the development and implementation of new and better programs while growing Habitat Kent's core services.
  • Provides balanced income streams ensuring Habitat Kent's mission can weather periods of economic unsteadiness or unexpected expenses.

Endowments are vital to donors!

An endowment gift perpetuates the donor's values; it provides assurance that Habitat Kent's service to families in need will survive the donor. 

  • Your life's work and passion for change can live on indefinitely.
  • The endowment principal will not be spent and will grow; providing a source of lasting support and personal legacy.
  • Your annual giving to Habitat can last forever. For example: if you currently give $1,000 a year to Habitat Kent, a $20,000 endowment gift will ensure that Habitat Kent receives that annual gift of $1,0000, FOREVER! Your generosity will be invested in the lives of local low-income families in need of housing, FOREVER! (Actual distribution ranges from 4%-5.75% annually. Example given based on 5%)

Why Grand Rapids Community Foundation?

An endowment at GRCF means Habitat Kent's service will expand, remain healthy, and continue to revitalize our community's families and neighborhoods!

  • GRCF handles investment management and oversight; all accounting and financial reporting; and an annual audit.
  • Being invested in GRCF's larger pool of assets can lead to greater growth, greater income and lower investment fees.
  • GRCF can facilitate complex gifts from donors.
  • GRCF provides Habitat Kent's donors with access to planned giving resources; enabling Habitat Kent's staff and resources to be allocated to fulfilling its mission. 
  • Being listed in GRCF's annual report puts Habitat Kent's name and mission in front of our area's leading philanthropists. 
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