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     Most people who work in social service or economic development know the "babies in the river" folk tale. It has a few variations, but essentially the storyline is as follows:

     The residents of a village are gathered by a river for a picnic when someone notices a baby in the river, struggling and crying.  

     The villagers’ panic subsides as someone successfully saves the baby; but to their horror, they notice another screaming baby in the river. Before they know it, more and more babies come down the river. Fortunately, the villagers are up to the task and quickly organize their efforts. Some people are in the water and others take care of the babies on land. But as the work continues unabated, several villagers stop working and run upstream.

     "Where are you going?" shouts one of the rescuers. "We need you to help with these babies!"

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     Grand Rapids Community Foundation today announced a $500,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity of Kent County. The grant will support Habitat Kent’s Building Blocks strategy that focuses on neighborhood revitalization in Grand Rapids’ west side through new home construction and rehab and repairs of existing homes.

     Habitat Kent will develop and preserve affordable housing opportunities and revitalize west side focus neighborhoods by partnering with 120 families to build or repair their homes. The strategy is a continuation of Habitat Kent’s recent two-year neighborhood revitalization campaign that took a holistic approach of creating affordable housing in Grand Rapids neighborhoods.

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     After an extensive national search, the Habitat for Humanity of Kent County board of directors has appointed BriAnne McKee as executive director.

     McKee brings more than a decade of experience to her new leadership role, most recently serving as the director of volunteer services before stepping into the position as interim director. She joined Habitat Kent as a mortgage application specialist in the homeowner services department in 2012.

     More than 100 individuals applied for the position during the two-month long search to find a successor for Mary Buikema, who left earlier this year.

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     The Beer City Saxophone Ensemble will perform on Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. in a concert featuring a wide variety of jazz arrangements with rhythm section.  This event is open to the public at Christ Lutheran Church, 2350 44th Street SW, Wyoming, Michigan.  This swinging group includes saxophonists Gary McCourry, Jim Hayward, Mike Lutley, Tom Lockwood, Tom Stansell, Greg Marsden, and Bob Nixon and will be joined by pianist Steve Talaga, drummer Eddie Eicher and bassist Joe Oprea.  Free will offerings will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Kent County.

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     Art Prize is Grand Rapids’ largest and most visible event of the year. In six years, Art Prize has hosted 10,688 artists’ entries and had 1.9 million visitors. This year, Habitat Kent decided to join the Art Prize fever by partnering with SiTE:LAB, a nomadic all-volunteer arts organization.

     By using the three-acre parcel of Plaza Roosevelt project land (breaking ground in 2017), SiTE:LAB was able to create their 2015 Art Prize entry called the “Rumsey Street Project.”

     The above video explains the relationship between Habitat Kent and SiTE:LAB working towards Plaza Roosevelt in 2017.

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