Habitat for Humanity meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 9p in the Multipurpose Room of the Library.
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We spoke with Habitat for Humanity's President, to learn more about what Habitat for Humanity does, upcoming events, and how their organization gives back to the community, and here's what she had to say:
Q: What upcoming events, programs or initiatives do you have?
A: Beginning January 23-25, we'll be kicking off our efforts at Kensington with a three-day Blitz Build. Kensington GV is the first of its kind - a collegiate built home. We are teaming with Aquinas and Young Professionals to fund and build this habitat home ourselves! We're asking Students, Staff, and Faculty - anyone who calls themselves a Laker to come out and join us. If you're interested, contact Habitat.GVSU@gmail.com.
Q: Summary of what your organization does
A: Our organization works to fundraise, advocate, and serve with Habitat for Humanity International. Build Saturdays are our most frequent service event. On a Build Day we meet at 8 am. Then, we spend our day together building a home. With Habitat it's really YOU building. Nobody plays the side-kick role. The site supervisor equips you with tools and know-how and says go! Put up the framing of this house, cut and hang this siding, map out and plant these trees. It's a really tangible way to give back to your community. On site, we oftentimes work alongside homeowners. My first experience with a homeowner was eye-opening. We were landscaping that day. I expected to meet a self-imposed over-seer. Instead, he volunteered for the hardest job - tacking a pickaxe to the hard, well-packed dirt. It's great to work for a cause that is so very effective and appreciated.
Q: What issues does your organization address
A: Habitat is much more than "they come, they build, they leave." Habitat is very intentional in through each step in pursuit of the goal - to end cyclical-poverty and pull our community members out of sub-standard living environments (a leading health risk in America.) Many homeowners are first-generation homeowners. They go through 300-500 hours of sweat equity to earn their home. Even the kids can get in on this by earning hours with a good report card. "Financial Peace" and a wide variety of other courses are offered during this process. Habitat prepares these families to be successful and then provides a 0% interest mortgage. Habitat families are hard-working people. However, they make 30-60% median income in the county and therefore are under the line to be approved for a mortgage - and, therefore, homeownership - from a bank. A 0% interest mortgage is the crux of the change for homeowners, a house can cost double just through paying the interest on it.
Q: What types of service do you provide to students?
A: Habitat is a great way to not only give back, but learn very applicable life skills. Not very many orgs invite you to learn how to build a house. Habitat members are a great group. Our org is voluntary, so you come together and work with a group of great people. It's impossible not to make new friends, and have a good time.
Q: What Non profits does your organization work with?
A: Habitat for Humanity International