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     This month marks the beginning of my second AmeriCorps term year at Habitat Kent. I have the privilege to tell our partner family's stories via social media, our blog, etc. I feel honored to remind people of the ‘why we do what we do’ here at Habitat.

     Last week, Habitat Michigan generously provided a scholarship for me to attend the Affiliates In Motion conference in Lansing, Michigan. The AIM conference brings affiliates in Michigan together for a three-day conference to collaborate ideas, network, and discuss how we can best serve Michigan together.

     I processed a lot of information in that three days, and I wanted to share some lessons and ideas that would be relevant to you and allow you to get to know the “deceptively complex” Habitat for Humanity.

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          I can remember being a young teenager raking leaves in my parents backyard with my brother. It was a cool fall Saturday and once again I was doing chores instead of what I wanted to do—watch football. But we made the most of the chore time and talked about our lives while making leaf piles across the yard.I still remember my brother pouring out to me all of his dreams of being in the military. He shared how he wanted to be in the Navy and to be in a special forces unit. Unlike most high school sophomores, my brother's dreams weren't wishful thinking. Somehow in his voice and demeanor I knew he was going to make it. From that Saturday onward my brother's determination never altered. After more than 7 years of applications, military school, injuries, tribulations, and challenges my brother is currently beginning his deployment with a special forces unit in the Navy. I couldn't be more proud of him. He overcame obstacles to reach his goal, not for his self-glorification, but to save American lives and lead men courageously. In honor of my brother I'm giving to our Habitat Veteran Build. The Habitat volunteers and veterans show the same determination I see in my brother. I want to honor my brother by helping his fellow servicemen. 

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