Local Businesses Work To Hammer Out Hunger

May 28, 2002
| By Katy Rent |
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GRAND RAPIDS —

It is not every day that hundreds of builders, contractors, suppliers and community members come together and work for free, but that is exactly whats happening in the name of a good cause.

In conjunction with Gods Kitchen, Rockford Construction Co. is coordinating an effort to build the Hammer Out Hunger home in Grand Rapids.

The house, 90 percent of which is made of donated materials and volunteered services and time, will be auctioned off, when completed, and all of the proceeds will go to Gods Kitchen.

The project officially kicked off March 21, and since then close to 25 area businesses have been involved in planning and building the home, which has just been approved to be included in the Fall 2001 Parade of Homes.

Along the way area businesses have had their day to showcase talent and put their own stamp on the home. Wide Water Construction began the framework earlier this month. Last Wednesday, Universal Forest Products donated the material for the trusses and roofing.

Services and products also were donated in the areas of general conditions, site work, concrete, masonry, wood and plastics, thermal and moisture, doors and windows, finishes, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, furnishings and other miscellaneous categories. Approximately $125,000 worth of goods and services have been donated to the project.

In June, crews hope to have the windows, doors and cabinetry set. The house is expected to be completed and fully landscaped by late summer, with plenty of time before it goes on display in the Parade of Homes.

The Hammer Out Hunger project was developed by John Wheeler, CEO of Rockford Construction.

Whenever I talk to people about getting involved in the community, they express an interest but dont know how to fit it into their lives.

Hammer Out Hunger makes it easy to help donate materials, labor or money to build this house and youll help hundreds of people, he said. This house will be a standing example of how committed the people in this community are to helping each other.

Rockford Development Group, a division of Rockford Construction, purchased the lot for the home for $41,500 and donated it to the project. The house is being built on the corner of Burton Street and Forest Hill Avenue in southeast Grand Rapids. It will have 2,100 square feet of living space and will be auctioned for approximately $250,000.

This project will be substantial for Gods Kitchen, said Carol Greenburg, Gods Kitchen program director. If the house went for $250,000 it would cover over half of our total Meals on Wheels budget, providing more than 50,000 meals a year. We are incredibly grateful to Rockford Construction and all of the good people who are committed to Hammer Out Hunger. 

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