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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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    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…