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Some volunteer with a hammer; others with a needle. Once a month, 15 people from the Grand River Needlepoint Guild gather together to needle pictures for future Habitat Kent homeowners.  

When I visited them recently, they were quick to clarify that a variety of ages and genders enjoy needlepointing. One needler spoke up for the guild: “It’s not just us old ladies that do this, we promise.” She also clarified a common misconception. “It’s different than stitching. Needlepoint allows you to get creative with a much broader palette of techniques and threads.”

The Grand River Needlepoint Guild is affiliated with the American Needlepoint Guild, which was founded in 1972 and now has almost 9,500 national and international members. The Grand River Needlepoint Guild started meeting in western and central Michigan in 1994. Last year, they began partnering with Habitat Kent and have needlepointed 22 pictures since.

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Below is a guest blog post by expert DIY Theresa Clement.

     Spring is here, and DIY makeover ideas are springing up like crazy in my brain.

     So when I spied a few rows of wood chairs at the Habitat for Humanity Bucks County ReStore, my DIY day was made. I knew I could turn one of them into a DIY planter for new flowers to liven up my porch.

     Some chairs were in pairs but most were singles, and all of them were $5 or less. A bargain if you want a chair, and a huge opportunity for a springtime repurpose project. 

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     Habitat for Humanity has been named “Brand of the Year” in the social services nonprofit category based on the 2016 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Equity Score. This is the second consecutive year the global nonprofit has been recognized for its strength in brand equity.

     In addition, Habitat for Humanity earned the distinction of being named the “Most Loved” and “Most Trusted” brand within its category this year.

     “The reason we are able to humbly receive this recognition is because of the dedicated homeowners, volunteers, and donors who actively share the mission of Habitat Kent,” said Habitat for Humanity of Kent County Executive Director Bri McKee.

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     The SpartanNash Foundation is pleased to announce that it has raised $20,200 for Habitat for Humanity of Kent County in partnership with SpartanNash store guests.  Participating stores and fuel centers in Kent County included Family Fare Supermarkets, D&W Fresh Markets, and Forest Hills Foods and fuel centers.  The campaign ran March 4-13, 2016.

     SpartanNash (formerly Spartan Stores) has partnered with Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Michigan since 2006 and surpassed the $1 million donation mark in 2015. The company has also supported eight home builds with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County (the most recent of which was a home build for a veteran in 2015) and sponsored the 100th LEED-certified home by Habitat Kent (MI) in 2012.  

     In 2016, SpartanNash expanded its partnership with Habitat for Humanity affiliates in seven additional states (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin) where the company operates retail stores.  Together with the SpartanNash Foundation, $114,500 was raised and 100% of funds raised will be donated to the Habitat for Humanity affiliate serving the community where the dollars were raised. 

Read more about SpartanNash's regional scan program for Habitat for Humanity. 

Join SpartanNash in helping provide strength and stability for families in Kent County.

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     Samai grew up in Sierra Leone and came to the United States when she was 10 years old. “I lived in a mud hut and slept on a dirt floor in a war-torn country. To me, everything is an incredible blessing. My job. My family. And now this home. Where I come from, I couldn’t even have dreamt of owning my own home.” 

     Samai and her children Jonathan, Dee, Brandon, Bryan, and Rebecca are ready for their next chapter in life at their Habitat Kent home. “We’re ready. We couldn’t be more ready. Living in a three bedroom apartment got a little too cramped for us,” Samai said. “The twins have been sleeping in the same room as me.” 

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