Neighborhood to be revitalized through exterior home improvement projects by volunteers
The Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity, a leader in affordable housing solutions, is kicking off its fall Rock the Block event in Menasha. The kickoff event will take place at one of the current homes being renovated, located at 917 9th Street in Menasha (map) at 10 a.m. Rock the Block will run from Thursday, Sept. 29 – Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022.
The home where this kickoff event is being held is owned by Grace Truebenbach. Truebenbach’s husband passed away several years ago, leaving her to raise her disabled son as a single mother. Today she is living in the home with her son.
“These past few years have been challenging and keeping up with housework is just not an option right now for me,” explained Truebenbach. “I’m so grateful to the Rock the Block team for helping to make our home more accessible for my son and helping with basic maintenance that I otherwise could not afford to do right now.”
Rock the Block programs improve the lives of families in low-income housing by repairing deteriorating homes and community spaces.
“There is no price you can put on the value of improving a neighborhood,” explained Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity CEO, John Weyenberg. “Our Rock the Block efforts improve the lives of families, which improves the lives of the neighborhood they live in, and overall helps the community as a whole. It’s what makes this work so rewarding.”
According to data from past Rock the Block work that took place in Menasha several years ago, there were measurable decreases in police calls related to drugs, code violations, and even theft in neighborhoods that worked with Rock the Block. These improvements to neighborhoods also help increase home values within an individual neighborhood, providing safer homes for the families who live within them.
Rock the Block is a program that works on both residential and community-based projects providing affordable 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.
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.