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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…

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    FIELD: Building a Dream

    Last summer the Field Team became a house sponsor for the Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity. The entire team was excited to participate in something that would make a positive effect on the community. This wasn’t just about sending another check; it was about our team getting out there and rolling up our sleeves, putting in the work, and getting it done. While many of the team members signed up to volunteer to learn new home building skills, or to teach someone a skill that they already knew, strange things started happening to our team. While our entire team knew that we were building a house for ‘someone,’ when the…

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    Where Can I Donate My Items?

    Donating your new and used items to charity is a great way to support your local community! Here’s a list of several donation centers, and guidelines about what they accept. ROCKFORD HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RESTORE Tel: 815-713-3184 We accept items like: furniture, cabinets, tools, appliances, doors, windows, lumber, sinks, electrical and plumbing supplies. Here’s a complete list of accepted ReStore donations. SALVATION ARMY – FAMILY STORES Tel: 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825) Commonly donated items include: clothing, furniture, household goods, appliances and color televisions. Proceeds are used to fund Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers, where those in the grip of addiction find help, hope, and a second chance at life. GOODWILL They Accept:…

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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…