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    Framing Hope 2019!

    We had an amazing day at The Home Depot on Saturday, April 13th, when over 60 volunteers and staff came out to help build the interior walls to two of our homes. We are so appreciative to all who made this day a success. If you have any photos to share, please send them to our Office Manager Laura at laurabutler @ rockfordhabitat.org. Thank you so much to our sponsors and volunteer groups: The Home Depot, Northwest Bank of Rockford, BlueCross BlueShield, Rock Valley Credit Union, Wired Cafe’, Rockford Foundries, Stillman Bank, Scott’s RV Service, US Venture, Inc, Rockford Bank & Trust, Maplehurst Farms Inc., Schmeling Construction Company, Sterling Commercial Roofing, Northern Illinois Service, International Union of Operating Engineers, Buffalo Wild Wings, Fine Mindz Inc, Kervin B Thomas

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    Protecting One Small Step Toward Fair Housing

    Our very own Caitlyn Baylor was featured on WNIJ’s Perspectives Series today! Thank you to WNIJ for featuring her and to Caitlyn for your sharing perspective towards Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing! By CAITLYN BAYLOR The 1968 Fair Housing Act included a requirement that jurisdictions not only combat discrimination in housing, but that they “Affirmatively Further Fair Housing,” known as the AFFH Rule. It requires proactive policies that improve equitable outcomes for all. In 2015, the Department of Housing and Urban Development finally issued concrete guidance on meeting these obligations: now HUD is considering an overhaul. We at Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity believe the 2015 AFFH guidelines should stay in place.  …

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    Inspiring 815

    Congratulations to our Executive Director, Keri Nelson! She was the recent recipient of Wrex 13’s Inspiring 815 Award! We are so proud of you and all you have accomplished. Thank you for inspiring our community. WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

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    Dedicated to Helping One Another Grow in Peace

    Honoring Dr. King through the fight for fair housing By: Caitlyn Baylor, RAHFH Business Manager I grew up in Rockford, where, for five years, I attended Martin Luther King Junior Elementary School on Rockford’s southwest side.  Every morning, first through fifth grade, right hands on our hearts, we began our day with the “peacemaker pledge.” The last line of our daily recitation: We follow Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s lead, as one school family, dedicated to helping one another grown in peace. At King School, the life and work of Dr. King was an enormous part of our curriculum.  We sang songs about Dr. King in our school choir, The…

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    “Build Season” is the time you see dreams come true!

    It is spring! Rockford Habitat for Humanity is bustling all year around but the onset of spring sparks a special enthusiasm for me. As a volunteer, I am most engaged from spring until fall. This is the beginning of the “build season”. There are fundraisers happening like Framing Hope where walls are built for one of our new homes in the Home Depot parking lot. It is exciting to meet the people that stop by to see what we are doing and learn about Habitat. There is a dinner for the army of construction volunteers to meet the families that will become the future homeowners. The groundbreaking ceremony asks God’s…

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    Building a Dream

    Building a Dream: Mr. Anderson reflects on empowering high school students to learn invaluable skills while changing lives By Mark Anderson, Construction Teacher at Guilford High School Three years ago, Habitat started impacting lives in a brand-new way. I was being forced to go to an after-school meeting downtown.  Two major issues: I hate meetings and I really did not want to give up my night for one.  A million thoughts went through my head of how to get out of it.  Should I be sick???  Should I just somehow forget about it???  Maybe I had to watch my kids that night??? Or just tell them no???  It was the…

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    Carter Work Project – We’re Going to Memphis!

    The 33rd Carter Work Project will take place in Memphis, Tennessee, from August 21-26. And we could really use your help! Rockford Area Habitat For Humanity’s Business Manager Caitlyn Baylor and Executive Director Keri Nelson will be joining thousands of other volunteers in Memphis. The Carter Work Project attracts volunteers from all across the globe and this year country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will be joining in to help. About the Carter Work Project For over 30 years the former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn have been helping Habitat build and improve homes. “President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside 92,000 volunteers to build, renovate…

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    An Edge-of-your-seat-can’t-wait Feeling

    My name is Tikisha Ellis.  I am a 30-year old single parent, full time employee at RPS 205, and entrepreneur.  As I go through the process of purchasing my first home this summer with Habitat for Humanity, here is what I have learned and my advice to all of the future homebuyers out there! Becoming a homeowner takes a lot of hard work, dedication and discipline, from managing money and balancing check books to continuously working on repairing and maintaining your credit.  You have to be spiritually, physically, and mentally ready to take on this journey— because becoming a homeowner is exactly that: a journey. Even though it is hard…

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    Honoring What’s Close to the Heart

      I have been deeply involved as a volunteer with Habitat for six years now, but my history with Habitat really traces all the way back to my father, who not only supported the organization but also raised me to believe that we should always help those who help themselves.  As a current Board Member and past President of Habitat, I am proud that Habitat is a hand-up that empowers families in need to accomplish homeownership for themselves. In addition to sitting on the board, I have been a volunteer “house-leader” with Habitat for six years.  In this role, I am privileged to lead the construction on one home each…