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    “So Why Do You Do It?” by John Hargrove

    “So Why Do You Do It?” As a fairly new member of the retired fraternity of Rockford, I was told by many friends, both working and retired, that I might find it hard to “stay busy” in retirement. My first reaction to such warning comments was “you’ve got to be kidding.” I had just finished a rewarding 42 year management career in retail, and my last concern was worrying about how I might fill up each day in retirement. After a few months of well deserved leisure time, which included the reading of several books, dabbling in some family history research, and in general not being tied so closely to…

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    A safe, stable home to call one’s own- Michael’s Story.

    We walk into the apartment and our eyes immediately fall on two little girls in matching red shirts. One of the girls, Aryana, tells us she and her sister are in kindergarten. Made brave by this announcement, she draws out a beat-up, beet-red toy cell phone from a holster near her hip and hands it to me to admire. I tell her that it’s nicer than my phone, and her laugh reveals a front-tooth-less grin. Her dad, Michael, a clearly kind and gentle soul, tenderly tells the girls that the adults need to sit down to talk. As we gather around the living room, the girls continue to periodically come…

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    ReStore Volunteers Needed

    Are you good with people and able to make change?  We need a reliable, trustworthy people to help run our cash register. We’re looking for individuals to fill the following shifts: Wednesdays, 10a – 2p Wednesdays, 2p – 6p Fridays, 3p – 6p Saturdays, 10a – 4p This opportunity is a great way to support our construction process without having to swing a hammer!  All profits from the ReStore are used to purchase construction supplies, and we could not do that without the help of our volunteers.  Please consider becoming part of the ReStore team! Call 815-713-3184 if interested, and ask for Steve

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    Ted Brolund Named Outstanding Volunteer of the Year

    The Rockford Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals recently named Ted Brolund Outstanding Community Service Volunteer for 2015. Ted’s been building with Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity for over 18 years – and we’re proud he was given this honor.

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    Congratulations to Rolf Egeland, 2015 winner of the Floyd and Helen Rickard Volunteerism Award

    Every spring, RAHFH recognizes one of their own for excellence in volunteerism.  The Floyd and Helen Rickard Volunteerism Award is given to a volunteer who has dedicated themselves to Habitat’s mission year-after-year, just as the Rickard’s family did since nearly the first home was built in our community in the early 1990s. This year’s Floyd and Helen Rickard Volunteerism Award went to longtime construction site volunteer Rolf Egeland, who has been building as part of the First Free team for 15 years. Rolf was also selected as the featured volunteer in our newsletter this year, the story from which is below: “It has been 15 years already since my construction days…

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    WIFR: Habitat For Humanity Helps Rockford Family

    Another Rockford family can now say they’re homeowners all thanks to a local organization. ROCKFORD (WIFR) — Another Rockford family can now say they’re homeowners all thanks to a local organization. The Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity has built another home. This time for the Garrett Family who will be moving into their new house in the eleven hundred block of Geneva Avenue, in a few days. The ceremony featured a home blessing, the opportunity for the Garrett’s to thank volunteers and sponsors, home tours, and the turning over of the keys. The organization has now helped roughly 130 families over a 27 year span. “I love my ceiling fans.…

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    WREX: Local Habitat for Humanity dedicating four homes to round out the month

    Habitat for Humanity is keeping busy these last couple weekends of August, giving four local families homes in four days. On Sunday, Janessa Shaw and her family moved in on 28th Street in Rockford.  Community members helped bless the house.  Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity’s executive director says she remembers Janessa applying for the program exactly one year ago. “We went on a home visit to her home and recognized that she was a generational Habitat family, her grandmother purchased a habitat home in the early 1990s and so it was obvious that this was a legacy we wanted for Janessa and for Habitat as well,” says Executive Director Keri…