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Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity brings Rock the Block program to Doty Island

Rock the Block to provide up to $10,000 in home renovation assistance to residents of Doty Island in Neenah September 21-23, 2023

vcsPRAsset 3671573 144443 886b2824 1a34 4227 999f 67ba0706f627 0The Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity, a leader in affordable housing solutions, is kicking off its fall Rock the Block event on Doty Island in Neenah on September 21-23, 2023. Fox Cities Habitat’s Rock the Block program is helping Doty Island homeowners make critical home repairs this fall. These repairs will address issues that affect the health and safety of our neighbors. Thanks to the extreme generosity of donors, the first $10,000 of each project is at no cost to the homeowners. Participants in Rock the Block are required to ‘pay it forward’ by volunteering in some capacity to positively impact their community.

“Homeowners are feeling the pressure from the increasing cost of everyday living,” said John Weyenberg, CEO of Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity. “Fortunately, generous donors have really stepped up to meet the need. The Rock the Bock initiative will be able to cover the expenses of critical home improvements without burdening homeowners with additional loans.”

Even though they are receiving assistance, this is not a free handout to homeowners. participants of Rock the Block are required to help with their home renovation project or with Rock the Block community projects in what Habitat calls “sweat equity.”

“I had a water leak in my basement and a porch that was in such poor condition that my homeowner’s insurance agent sent a letter insisting on its repair,” explained Doty Island resident and Rock the Block recipient, Yolanda Brant. “I have come out of retirement and am going to school and was concerned about how to immediately afford the repairs. When I saw the Fox Cities Habitat Rock the Block program was coming to my neighborhood, and found out that I had been accepted, it was a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. To know the repairs will meet the requirements of my home insurance and provide a long-term solution to the water in my basement, it’s worth taking the time off work to help my community.”

The Rock the Block program works on both residential and community-based projects providing repairs, including roofing, siding, window and door replacement, porch repairs, exterior repairs and improvements, painting and landscaping. All work through this program is made possible through volunteers and community donations. Following Rock the Block events, people have reported experiencing an increased level of pride in their neighborhood as well as a renewed friendship with fellow neighbors. 

To learn more about Rock the Block, including how you can make a donation or sign up to volunteer, visit www.foxcitieshabitat.org.


About Rock the Block

Rock the Block is focused on bringing people together to revitalize neighborhoods. The purpose is to get neighbors and the greater community together to improve their city. Research shows that when investments are made into neighborhoods, the quality of life improves. To learn more about Rock the Block or to volunteer with Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity, visit www.foxcitieshabitat.org.


About Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity 

The Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian housing organization that believes in a vision of the world where everyone has a decent place to live. This vision is brought to reality through affordable housing solutions which help families become homeowners, help low-income homeowners with critical home repairs, help families improve their financial situations to qualify for homeownership and help current Habitat homeowners through financial emergencies.

For more information and to learn how you can donate or volunteer, visit foxcitieshabitat.org