Grand Rapids, MI agents don't have to wait for the yearly announcement of the 'Good Neighbor Award' to support and celebrate one of our own local Realtors®. It's wonderful to live in a community in which so many individuals give of their time and talents to serve our local community.
And then, there are some agents like Sue Prins, a real estate agent with Five Star Real Estate, who stretch arms of compassion across the globe to touch the lives of those who are less fortunate.
I recently completed a transaction with Sue; one which took about 3 months to negotiate. It was really refreshing to work with a professional. One of the unanticipated results of our 'extended deal' was that I became aware of Sue's interest in helping people in an impoverished area of South Africa become self-sustaining by starting a business. The initiative is Vox Threads.
Here's a few excerpts from Sue's letter about the project:
The initiative is basically set up to help impoverished communities like Kliptown to be able to produce sustainable income for their livelihood ( food, clothing, water, electricity, and schooling for the children etc.)
The intention of Vox Threads is to work with the men and women in these communities and set up an ongoing (assembly line type) of sewing business. We will teach them how to sew and how to market the products.
We will be setting up sewing stations with work teams, finding out what skills people have, teaching them the skills they need and helping them produce the products for market. We will also set up teams for marketing the product. There are various markets they can bring them to in SA. We are excited too that we have a number of stores here in the US that have already committed to carrying the products here as well.
The people in Kliptown are so excited to begin the initiative and to have the opportunity to produce income.
We are excited to bring the people of Kliptown this hope of income but we are even more excited to share with them the HOPE that is inside our hearts- that is the Love and Eternal HOPE of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.
This is quite an expensive undertaking for Sue and her family. Her daughter is also accompanying her on the trip. They are not only raising money for the trip (ariline tickets have recently increased significantly), but are also buying equipment when they get to South Africa.
If you'd like to know more about Vox Threads or would be interested in supporting this mission, please contact Sue Prins @ email@example.com
Additional Support Information for Sue Prins Vox United Trip:
Tax deductible contributions can be made by check to VOX United. It is very important however that it is written in the memo where you want your contribution to go. If you want it to go towards sewing kits write "Vox threads sewing kits" in the memo
If you wish to support me and my daughter's trip expenses you will need to write "Vox threads