On Feb. 11, the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids Foundation (HBAGGRF) will recognize local heroes who carry out the Foundation’s mission, “making an impact on the lives of those with special housing needs and supporting the development of the next generation of housing industry professionals.” HBAGGRF will honor Sable Homes (Sable) with the Home Builders Care Award, Home Repair Services with the Community Builder Award, and Habitat for Humanity with the Next Generation Workforce Development Award.
Sable is receiving the Homebuilders care award for their work building a new home for Ryan and Amanda Bockheim and their children. In a thriving housing market Sable didn’t have to help the Bockheim family, but because they did, the family’s twin girls who were never supposed to live are now thriving. Born 12 weeks premature, the girls weighed just over two pounds and faced on-going health challenges. Their new Sable-built home provided a safe, clean, healthy and affordable home for the entire Bockheim family to live, love and grow in.
Home Repair Services will be honored for the work its volunteers have completed helping those with disabilities. A group of retirees spent 10,000 hours volunteering to build access ramps for more than 500 families who can now safely enter and exit their homes.
Habitat for Humanity Kent plays a key role in developing the next generation of housing industry professionals as they provide hands-on construction experience for students at YouthBuild/Bethany Christian Services, Grand Rapids Public Schools Academy of Design and Construction, Grand Rapids Community College M-Tech and Job Corps. Habitat for Humanity Kent will receive the Next Generation Workforce Development Award.
Award winners will be recognized at the fourth annual Home and Hearth Awards & Benefit event taking place at, New Vintage Place at 6:00 p.m. on Feb. 11. Individuals interested in more information about the HBAGGRF and the awards can call (616) 281-2021, or visit www.mygrhome.com/foundation.
The Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids Foundation (HBAGGRF) is the charitable 501(c) 3 arm of the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids. Since 1988, HBA members and community members have partnered to make an impact on the lives of those with special housing needs and to support the development of the next generation of housing industry professionals.