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A Small Act of Renewal

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     Home connects us all. It is a place we feel peace and community. Renewal Real Estate reflects this truth to connect the homes of their clients to the homes of Habitat families. 

     Located in Caledonia, MI Renewal Real Estate “invests in the future of Michigan by contributing 10% of all gross profits to organizations making a difference in the lives of people, neighborhoods, and cities throughout the State.”

     This business philosophy comes from president Teresa Visser’s spiritual gift of giving back to the community.

     “If people have a passion for something we want to give them the opportunity to support it,” Visser (pictured above right) said. 

     During the closing process for buying or selling a house, Renewal Real Estate agents offer their clients the opportunity to select which nonprofit they’d like Renewal’s gift go towards. 

     “Immediately I suggested Women Build and Habitat because it’s close to my heart,” said Sara Davidson-LeFevre, who serves on the Habitat Kent Women Build Steering Committee. 

     Jim Thrower (pictured above right) is a real estate agent and friend of Davidson-LeFevre who helped her buy her original home. When she was ready to sell the same house this fall, Thrower, who currently works for Renewal, offered the opportunity to donate to Habitat Kent.

     “It spreads the word about philanthropy and it’s an added bonus at the end of the home buying process,” Davidson-LeFevre said.

     Although Renewal supports a wide range of non-profits and charities in the community, Visser understands the importance of homeownership. 

     “Housing is fundamental,” Visser said. “It’s the basic foundation of our community.” 

     Visser said one client who was given the options of non-profits to donate to chose Habitat Kent because her sister was a Habitat homeowner. 

     “They know that name and trust that name,” Visser said.

     It may be a simple practice done by a local small business, but the impact can be contagious. These small acts of giving help promote an attitude of philanthropy and a way to connect the need for affordable housing in our community. 

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Stories change the world and change lives. As the Habitat for Humanity of Kent County Communications Specialist I desire to share these powerful stories with you. 


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