The house that RHS Youth Initiative built

UNSTOPPABLE—Members of Rockford Youth Initiative, school officials and the Cisneros family stand on the porch of the home the students bought from the City of Grand Rapids and rehabbed for Habitat for Humanity. They didn’t let busy lifestyles, a down economy or an overwhelming project dampen their enthusiasm for their service project. The Cisneros family—parents Froylan and Dawn with Jacob, 6, Jerry, 4, and Andrew and Amalia, 3—sits on the steps.

Kids are always up to something. At Rockford High School (RHS), the Youth Initiative club proved they were up to the organization’s most ambitious project ever. On Wednesday, June 2, the results of their year-long labor were presented before the media, school officials and a family filled with gratitude. Youth Initiative is a high school […]

Squire travels to Vietnam

North Kent Service Center Director Sandy Waite and her husband traveled to Vietnam in November with a group from Kent County Habitat for Humanity for two weeks.  They were part of the Habitat for Humanity International—Mekong Build—near Hanoi.  “My husband and I built homes with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter,” Waite said.  “We built a total […]

Youth Initiative ‘stud sale’ to build Habitat Home

  Rockford Youth Initiative chose for its service project a very ambitious undertaking. The Rockford High School group will build a Habitat for Humanity house here in Rockford. Finding unique fundraisers to help come up with the money is part of the challenge of such a big project. The students organized activities by donation at […]

RHS Youth Initiative launches community-wide effort to build Habitat for Humanity home

KNITTING FOR A CAUSE—Ashley Gremel and Barb Stein, owner of Great Northern Trading Co., display the navy and olive patchwork hand-knit blanket Ashley knit over the past several months. As treasurer of RHS’ Youth Initiative, Ashley asked for Barb’s help in selling the blanket, with all proceeds going to the Youth Initiative Habitat for Humanity Rockford Build. The blanket will be on display at Great Northern through the end of October, with the bidding starting at $50. Ashley estimates she has $35 to $40 in yarn, and over 50 hours in knitting. Bids can be placed at Great Northern, or by calling the store at (616) 866-9232.

This summer, a group of Rockford High School (RHS) students active in their Youth Initiative Community Service Club met with school administration, their club advisor, RHS English teacher Dan Modderman, and representatives from Habitat for Humanity of Kent County to discuss a partnership like none other undertaken by Youth Initiative. The club wanted to work […]

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County kicks off with home in Sparta


Calling all volunteers … Habitat for Humanity of Kent County has kicked off a build in North Kent County on Tuesday, March 31, and volunteers are needed. Absolutely no experience is required. Habitat has plenty of jobs at all skill levels, including framing, siding, painting, land scaping, work site assistance and clean up, meal prep, […]