Guilford students build home for Rockford family

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Updated May 9, 2018, 6:23 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - This is when homework really becomes home work; Guilford High School students complete a school project that also fulfills the dream of a local family.

A partnership between Rockford Public Schools and Habitat for Humanity allows for the construction of the Hanoosh family's brand new home. Nearly 20 students from Guilford High School's construction trades academy built the home in the 3200 block of Holiday Drive.

To become eligible for a Habitat home, a person must be a resident of the area for at least a year, show proof of an ability to pay an affordable mortgage and they have to put in 300 hours of what they call sweat equity which includes financial classes.

"This is always one of my favorite days with Habitat, getting to dedicate the home. Getting to thank the partners who make it possible and getting to see the looks on the kids' faces when they get to see their house for the first time. This house stands because a group of 19 17 and 18-year-olds built it. It's an indescribable feeling," said RAHH Executive Director Keri Nelson.

This is the second year Guilford students have built a Habitat home from the ground up. Half of those who worked on last year's home got jobs in the trades immediately after graduation.


Posted August 29, 2017, 6:42 p.m.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – A future career for some local students will soon provide a future home for one family.

The first pieces of frame work go up for a new home with Habitat for Humanity. The group is working with construction trade students from Guilford High School to build the home from the ground up.

Rockford Public Schools says the partnership with Habitat for Humanity is a great way to give kids a chance at a future career. Salih Hanoosh says he has waited for two years to get a home and is happy to finally see the first wall go up.

Parker Erickson, a senior at Guilford High School, says helping to build this home with his class may lead to a future career in construction. The students will build the home throughout the school year.