Posted by: Marcia Davis | February 4, 2012

Celebration Through Giving

A very exciting thing happened today at Nuestra Casa. A group of 12 people gathered and worked on the house as a way to celebrate the birthday of a Westcore Neighbor, Christine. Not only is she a resident of the neighborhood, but she’s also been an active participant, year after year, in Women’s Service Day, a grassroots volunteer day for women that focused on Nuestra Casa for its 2011 event. That’s how she knew about the neighborhood center that Nuestra Casa promises to be.

Last fall she helped prepare pigs-in-the-blanket as part of a fundraiser on Women’s Service Day.

Today, it was all about her.

Except that it wasn’t. That’s the wonderful irony in this event. As a way to celebrate, Christine chose to gather her friends together and do something for the community. They picked a Saturday that worked for everyone and–unbelievably–it was probably the nicest February day you could ask for in West Michigan, weather-wise.

The team, with help of neighbors Jim and Raul, spent the morning and afternoon scraping up linoleum on the main floor, organizing the garage and reinforcing its ceiling, sending a load of usable stuff to Habitat for Humanity’s Restore, pulling nails, and building a Jenga game that will be used by children at Nuestra Casa when it’s finished. Christine’s husband, Brad, arranged for lunch for the crew and the Women’s Service Day team brought the birthday cake.

Check out the slideshow of the day’s events.

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This is such a great story of how community development and networking can go hand-in-hand. Thank you to Christine for choosing to spend her birthday by giving to the community. And thank you to everyone who offered their time this weekend to help out at Nuestra Casa.

If you’re interested in doing this kind of thing for your birthday or other occasion, contact Women’s Service Day, who can help arrange a work day.



  1. It was great working with such a wonderful group of caring neighbors. I had a blast teaching some of the women how to properly use various hand tools. They were quick learners and are well on their way to becoming “master carpenters.”

    • Excellent work….on the house and the newsletter!

  2. Looks like a great group and a great day of investing in the neighborhood!

  3. That’s the farm girl I grew up with. She comes by her caring and work ethic quite naturally, despite her protestations to the contrary . . .

    Happy birthday, Sis.

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