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Building Impact

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In case it’s slipped past you (we’ve been publicizing it a bit), we’re celebrating our completion of the Building Blocks Campaign: helping 200 West Side families in 2 years. It’s been humbling to not only partner with “200 in 2” but also witness volunteers and donors rally behind a cause that is more than the construction of a house- but a revitalization of a community.

“It’s been an honor for us at Gordon Food Services to sponsor a home and help a family,” remarked Tim Fatum, Senior Manager of Human Resources at Gordon Food Services. “But on top of that, it was truly a moving experience when I realized that we’re volunteering for a whole community.”

In a recent interview on the WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin, Jon Hankins, Corporate Relations Specialist at Habitat Kent explained the high impact goal of Building Blocks and how we “seek to break the cycle of poverty for our families.” For a further understanding of how we combat poverty, here are some economic statistics from Building Blocks.

  • 40 new homeowners and 160 homes renovated and repaired in 5 West Side Neighborhoods- These efforts helped to increase property values around the neighborhood and put money into the tax system. Residents are then motivated to fix up their homes and deepen roots in their neighborhood.

  • $4.9 million was raised/gained to benefit the local economy during the building and selling of homes.

  • $7 million will be produced to local government, businesses, and employers over 10 years. Vacant or blighted properties that hinder neighborhood development will be transformed and utilized to benefit the community, both socially and economically.

  • 89 local jobs were sustained. Stability in the home allows for more stability in employment and education for families.

  • 12,000 hours of sweat-equity achieved by our hard-working families. These work hours increase the sense of ownership for homeowner families.

What’s most beautiful about these numbers and statistics is that there’s a story of hope behind each one. Thanks to you, we can continue to impact lives and go #BeyondTheHome in Grand Rapids.   

Building Blocks newstory on WZZM 13

Shelley Irwin Radio Interview with Jon Hankins, WGVU

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In my short time here at Habitat, I've been inspired by the numerous amount of stories of hardworking volunteers, families, and staff. My prayer is that in my position as Community Outreach and Marketing Assistant, I can do these stories justice. 


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