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Pay it Forward

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     Sweat equity. A phrase that is crucial to our mission at Habitat Kent. Because of the partner families invested in our mission, we witness empowerment, excitement, and hope.

     “It’s a way for Habitat families to pay it forward and give back to our community,” said Habitat Kent homebuyer Tiara VanDam about the approach of sweat equity.  “We’ve been given a great opportunity, and Habitat requires sweat equity so we can pass it on.”

      Some homebuyers will even go so far as to donate hours once they accomplish their required amount. Jasmine Mendez, a homebuyer in the middle of her sweat equity hours recently received 50 donated hours from another family.

      While donated hours help our homebuyers within the process, they’re also offered a sense of community with other homebuying families. “I get to go through classes and talk to a lot of different people that are in the same situation as I’m in,” Jasmine said.

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 (Homebuyer Jasmine and her two sons at their build site this fall)

     Within this “pay it forward approach” to sweat equity, homebuyers are given creative freedom to accomplish their hours outside of the required construction and education courses. Homebuyers can help with office work, assist in coordinating events, or even bake a snack for a volunteer group.

     Habitat Kent also incorporates family education into the sweat equity opportunity. “We can use our child’s report cards and parent teacher conferences for sweat equity hours as well,” Tirara said. “It takes effort for parents to assist their child’s education, and it’s great that Habitat recognizes that.”

     Currently, five out of our eight homebuying families are single parent households. Within an 8-12 month period, these single parents are required to earn a minimum of 275 hours of sweat equity (number of hours depends on each family) before they can move into their home.

     “I was really scared at first,” said Jasmine, who works full-time and raises two young boys. But due to the flexibility of the hours, a hard working attitude, and the generous support of partner families around her, Jasmine feels equipped to accomplish the required hours.

     “It’s not going to be easy in any way,” said Tiara, who’s at the beginning of her sweat equity process. “But Habitat wants to see you in the house, they’re not here to strictly challenge you. And I want to help my community like Habitat has helped me.”

     Tiara is one of countless home buyers that want to give back, even in a monetary sense. Denaldo Hernandez, who bought a Habitat Kent home two years ago has made a monetary donation because he believes in furthering our mission.

     “Everyone can share their potential with the world and people that are with the Habitat program,” Denaldo said.

     Empowerment. Excitement. Hope. And if you can continue to partner with Habitat Kent and create countless “pay it forward” stories like Tiara’s, imagine the possibilities for Grand Rapids.

#BuildHope #PayItForward

 

“It’s a way for Habitat families to pay it forward and give back to our community,” said Habitat Kent homebuyer Tiara VanDam about the approach of sweat equity.  “We’ve been given a great opportunity, and Habitat requires sweat equity so we can pass it on.”

 

Some homebuyers will even go so far as to donate hours once they accomplish their required amount. Jasmine Mendez, a homebuyer in the middle of her sweat equity hours recently received 50 donated hours from another family.

 

While donated hours help our homebuyers within the process, they’re also offered a sense of community with other homebuying families. “I get to go through classes and talk to a lot of different people that are in the same situation as I’m in,” Jasmine said.


Within this “pay it forward approach” to sweat equity, homebuyers are given creative freedom to accomplish their hours outside of the required construction and education courses. Homebuyers can help with office work, assist in coordinating events, or even bake a snack for a volunteer group.

 

Habitat Kent also incorporates family education into the sweat equity opportunity. “We can use our child’s report cards and parent teacher conferences for sweat equity hours as well,” Tirara said. “It takes effort for parents to assist their child’s education, and it’s great that Habitat recognizes that.”

 

Currently, five out of our eight homebuying families are single parent households. Within an 8-12 month period, these single parents are required to earn a minimum of 275 hours of sweat equity (number of hours depends on each family) before they can move into their home.

 

“I was really scared at first,” said Jasmine, who works full-time and raises two young boys. But due to the flexibility of the hours, a hard working attitude, and the generous support of partner families around her, Jasmine feels equipped to accomplish the required hours.

 

“It’s not going to be easy in any way” said Tiara, who’s at the beginning of her sweat equity process. “But Habitat wants to see you in the house, they’re not here to strictly challenge you. And I want to help my community like Habitat has helped me.”

 

Tiara is one of countless home buyers that want to give back, even in a monetary sense. Denaldo Hernandez, who bought a Habitat Kent home two years ago has made a monetary donation because he believes in furthering our mission.

 

“Everyone can share their potential with the world and people that are with the Habitat program,” Denaldo said.

 

Empowerment. Excitement. Hope. And if you can continue to partner with Habitat Kent and create countless “pay it forward” stories like Tiara’s, imagine the possibilities for Grand Rapids.


#BuildHope #PayItForward

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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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