Carmen grew up watching her dad work as a car mechanic. She would go with him and watch and learn as he fixed cars. Carmen quickly discovered that she loved learning how things work, as well as working with her hands to build or repair things. By the time she began high school, she startedContinue reading Connecting students to the trades: The Guilford High School Build →
This story is written in memory of Donna Lind, a longtime member of the Sew and Sews who passed away in 2021. About four years ago, women from St. Mark Lutheran Church started a group to make quilts for local nonprofits to distribute to the individuals and families that they serve. Since then, they haveContinue reading Quilting with Purpose: The Saint Mark Sew and Sews →
In 2005, Shondale would ride past the same house over and over on his bike. He was 12 years old, and he was scoping out where his soon-to-be best friend and crush, Jamecka, lived. Shondale’s family had just bought their home from Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity a few blocks from where Jamecka’s mom hadContinue reading Homeowner Spotlight: Jamecka & Shondale →
Bryan is our ReStore Director, which means he oversees everything that goes on at the store, supports our staff team, and implements plans to help the store grow and flourish. “How I think of it is that I am the glue that helps keep everything together,” Bryan said. “I’m basically here to bring everybody togetherContinue reading Staff Spotlight: Bryan →
By Caitlyn Baylor, Homeowner Services & Grants Director Over the last couple of months, we have shared a series of blog posts about the relationship between the climate crisis and the housing crisis, or conversely, between climate justice and housing justice. The two phenomena are increasingly, inextricably connected, and we have learned that locally, nationally,Continue reading Small Steps, Big Impacts: Conclusion to our Housing & the Environment Series →
Daniel Nielsen lived an extraordinarily rich life, and his legacy will continue to impact countless individuals for many years to come. He passed away in November of 2021, surrounded by his loved ones. He was kind, hardworking, smart, and committed to building others up. His memory lives on through his friends and family, and inContinue reading A Tribute to Daniel Nielsen →
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