I don’t do xmas trees, but I can’t help but admire these non-traditional versions from both ends of the spectrum: elaborate-slapdash.
Now available for pre-order!
Grand Rapids Firsts: 2014 Calendar
This collection of illustrations celebrate several of Grand Rapids, Michigan’s many “firsts.” Grand Rapids: the first American city to use hydroelectric power; The hometown to the U.S.’ first unelected president; The site of Janet Jackson’s first wedding (yep!).
A lot of interesting firsts have happened in Grand Rapids, so why not revel in one every month of the year?
Pre-orders will ship 12/16.
Special pre-order price of $12 - price will return to the normal $15 on 12/14
Buy 4 - we will send you a fifth for free - ultimate stocking stuffer for really oversized stockings!Process:1-color risograph prints (various ink colors) on 67#Domtar Colors Bristol Vellum (various colors), wire-o binding with calendar hangerPages: 14
Dimensions: 8.5” x 14”
Edition Size: 100
The first disc in a three (or is it four) CD set has Neil Gaiman reading 11 stories. Loving this.
Tonight I joined Tami VandenBerg, Jeff Smith, Well House staff & residents, and a whole bunch of other people to explore the neighborhood around Well House. We saw first-hand the work the organization has done to rehab several homes around the 600 block of Cass Ave. SE. We also saw several other homes which sit empty and in a state of serious disrepair - some abandoned for many years.
Tami was especially proud to note that the latest Well House property - the fourth on this block - was rehabbed in no small part by residents from other WH properties. The cost of staying at Well House is subsidized, but not free, and being able to offer gainful employment to its residents - creating homes for future residents - is an extremely rewarding win-win.
Well House plans to raise $25,000 between November 18 and the end of 2013. The money Well House raises will be used to finish rehabilitating a boarded up house that will be used to provide more affordable housing opportunities to people currently experiencing homelessness.
Homelessness reduces average life expectancy by 25-30 years.
On any given night in Kent County there is an estimated 1,000 people who are experiencing homelessness. These are people living on the street, sleeping under an overpass or staying in a temporary shelter.
According to the West MI Realtor’s Association, there are roughly 19,000 available housing units in Kent County. These housing units consist of both homes and apartments that are currently not occupied. This means that for every person who is currently experiencing homelessness in Kent County, there are 19 empty housing units they could be sleeping in.
The reality is that no one needs to be homeless, especially not with the housing resources available in this community. The fact is that most people experiencing homelessness have a source of income; they just can’t afford the current market rate for homes and apartments. In addition, this should tell us something about the dysfunctional nature of “the market,” which allows people to suffer the injustice of homelessness.
The 19:1 Campaign is designed to do two things. First, we want to educate people about the housing disparity in Kent County that leaves hundreds of people in a state of homelessness. Second, we want to provide the community with an opportunity to support the Well House Housing First Model.
The Well House Housing First Model provides people with low-cost housing opportunities to people currently experiencing homelessness. We operate on a housing first, tenet-centered approach, which recognizes that every person’s need is different. However, if you can first provide people with low-cost housing, you give them an opportunity to have a safe place to live and the necessary support to address any personal issues they may need to.