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My Town Wyoming: Family prepares to move into new Habitat home

My Town Wyoming: Family prepares to move into new Habitat home

WYOMING, Mich.—A West Michigan family is getting ready to move into their new home, thanks to some sweat equity and a team of Habitat for Humanity women volunteers.

The home at 1046 Rathbone Ave. SW is part of the Habitat Women Build program.  Habitat for Humanity of Kent County joined the new homeowner and her family last Tuesday to dedicate the new living space. 

The home is part of Habitat Kent’s Building Blocks Campaign to revitalize West Side neighborhoods.  At least two other homes on Rathbone are also part of the program.  The newest home under construction should be finished by August.

My Town: Stamp Out Hunger results better than originally expected

My Town: Stamp Out Hunger results better than originally expected

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Organizers of the 2014 Stamp Out Hunger food drive say while donation numbers are down this year, the results are better than they first thought.

Andrew Steiner with Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank says the Northwest, East Paris and Northeast communities dominated in this year's drive.  The final donation numbers from the May 10 event are: 

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Approximately 90 businesses will be looking for employees during the Muskegon Veterans Job Fair this Friday, May 16.

The hiring event will take place on the U.S.S. LST 393 Veterans Museum Ship, docked at 560 Mart Street in Muskegon.  This is the third year for the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Job openings range from engineering to grocery store cashiers.  Participating businesses include:

My Town Wyoming: Working mother gets new home during National Women Build Week

My Town Wyoming: Working mother gets new home during National Women Build Week

WYOMING, Mich.—A working West Michigan mother is one step closer to owning her own home, thanks to a team of female volunteers.

Wyoming City Councilwoman Joanne Voorhees joined 15 other women last week for National Women Build Week.   The group, which included Lowe’s Heroes volunteers, worked to frame a Habitat for Humanity home at 1214 Rathbone Street SW in Wyoming’s Godfrey-Lee neighborhood.  The home is part of Habitat Kent’s Building Blocks Campaign to revitalize West Side neighborhoods.   The prospective homeowner, a working mother of two daughters, has also been working on the home, which should be complete in August.

My Town: Lack of sponsor hurts Stamp Out Hunger campaign

My Town: Lack of sponsor hurts Stamp Out Hunger campaign

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—  Organizers of the 2014 Stamp Out Hunger food drive believe the lack of a regional sponsor hurt the outcome of this year's drive.

Andrew Steiner with Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank says letter carriers collected an estimated 70,000 pounds of food in the Grand Rapids area May 10.  That's less than half of what they collected the year prior, when a sponsor distributed paper bags printed with the Stamp Out Hunger information ahead of the drive. Traditionally, residents will fill those bags with non-perishable food items and place it by their mailbox the morning of the drive. Steiner says other communities also saw a decline in donations.

Steiner says this year's donations will provide nearly 55,000 meals for people living in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.  He also says the weather cooperated during the drive; volunteers didn't lose a single food item to rain damage.