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Carl has been a part of the ReStore family since its beginning. Hear how he helped build the first ReStore in Kent County and why he loves working with the ReStore donors and customers. Pictured below is a greenhouse made from materials purchased at ReStore South in Wyoming. The customer dropped off this photo to Carl after they talked about what project the materials were being used for. 

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     There are a little over 1.5 million nonprofit charities in the United States with unique missions and ideals*. But remaining sustainable over time can be crucial to the success of a nonprofit's vision. Habitat Kent is thankful to have over 30 years of building hope in Kent County through a sustainable model.

     Habitat Kent cannot build a home without volunteers and donors. The past two years Habitat Kent has engaged over 19,000 volunteers that helped make the building and repairing of homes possible. By volunteering free labor, the construction team can build a home for a sliver of the cost of a commercial build because of the overwhelming volunteerism on sites.

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     State Farm has given $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Kent County for their Homebuyer Financial Education Program for the 2015 year.

     The finances will go towards specific programs that Habitat Kent homebuyers are required to take as a part of their sweat equity hours necessary to buy a home. These programs include Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, which has a national partnership with Habitat for Humanity International.

     The donation was through State Farm’s Good Citizenship Grant under education that states “better educated communities includes providing access to personal financial education and job training,” according to the State Farm website. 

     State Farm has donated $22,000 total in the last two years benefitting Habitat Kent’s homebuyer financial education program.

     “We are grateful for State Farm’s continued investment in providing our homebuyers with quality financial education programs that will impact them for the rest of their lives,” said Jon Hankins, Corporate Relations Specialist at Habitat Kent. 

     Members of State Farm that spurred on the giving to Habitat Kent are Public Affairs Specialist Nick Metzger and State Farm Agent Marsha Veenstra who serves on Habitat Kent’s board of directors. 

About State Farm

State Farm and its affiliates is the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 18,000 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve over 82 million policies and accounts – nearly 80 million auto, home, life, health and commercial policies, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is available.

 

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     The no. 1 “myth of Habitat for Humanity of Kent County” is that they build and give homes away for free. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

     Not only do Habitat Kent home buyers actually buy the home, they have to earn 300-500 hours of sweat equity in order to move in. This sweat equity includes working on their home and other Habitat Kent homes as well as participating in 40 hours of required educational programs. 

     These educational programs cultivate an understanding of owning a home. From budgeting to lawn maintenance, the knowledge learned by Habitat Kent homebuyers lasts a lifetime. 

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     Habitat for Humanity of Kent County and local Catholics are taking Pope Francis’ call of service to heart – and in September will honor his U.S. visit by starting work on a local Habitat Kent home being called the Pope Francis Build.

     Volunteers will begin working on the home at 708 Oakland Ave. SW on Sept. 26 – the same day Pope Francis arrives in Philadelphia. During the next several months, Habitat Kent expects several hundred Catholics from as many as 15 local parishes, schools and Catholic organizations to volunteer on the project. They include the Diocese of Grand Rapids, the Cathedral of St. Andrew, St. Alphonsus, St. Patrick, St. Pius X, St. Robert of Newminster, Saint Thomas the Apostle, St. Stephen, Ss. Peter and Paul, Aquinas College, the Cathedral chapter of the Knights of Columbus and Catholic Charities West Michigan. 

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