Grand Rapids Real Estate Agent, Sue Prins ....Stretching Threads of Compassion.

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate

Grand Rapids, MI agents don't have to wait for the yearly announcement of the 'Good Neighbor Award' toSue Prins agent with Five Star Real Estate in Grand Rapids Michigan 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 @ sueprins@grar.com

To learn more about Kliptown, South Africa....click the link.

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 

 

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Rainer
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Kris Wales
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Lola, one of the true treasures in our profession is meeting caring people.   You've met one of them in Sue, and I'm grateful you shared what she (and her family) does to pass along our blessings.

I'm going to go visit the website now.  Thank you!

Jun 29, 2009 07:02 AM #1
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Thanks for stopping by Kris.  The project is a real labor of love and will require a lot of hard work.  It was really good to get a better understanding of what Sue and her daughter will be doing to help people change their lives for the better.

Jun 29, 2009 07:08 AM #2
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Lola, you are such a dear sweet friend. I thank you for your support, your kind words and encouragement. You are a true blessing. I will be taking you in my heart to Africa. I do trust God will provide the finances we need to be able to go.

I also wanted to say that I really appreciated working with you on our past transaction. You were so wonderful to work with. The Godiva was a nice touch too. You spoil me!!! Love You!

Jun 29, 2009 08:03 AM #3
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
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In our daily lives we spend money very casually that could have life changing affects on people in areas like this. Sue is certainly an agent to look up to.

Jun 29, 2009 08:27 AM #4
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Mike Jones
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Lola,

We are so blessed in this country!  I clicked the link, and it reminded me of parts of Paramaraibo, Suriname, where I lived as a teenager.  Thanks for the link, and for opening our eyes to this mission.

Mike in Tucson

Jun 29, 2009 08:30 AM #5
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Lola, Sue maybe a special person, but so are you in taking the time to give her recognition for the work that she is doing.

Jun 29, 2009 10:22 AM #6
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Lola

I loved your post because it makes my day to read about amazing people.

Jun 29, 2009 12:23 PM #7
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Carol Smith
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What a wonderful effort!  My congratulations, and thanks, to Sue for engaging in such a magnificent project.  It's this type of selflessness that reminds us all that we can make a difference. Thank you so much for sharing this!

Jun 30, 2009 06:01 AM #8
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Thank you all for stopping here to read and comment on this project. Please feel free to spread the word about this and reblog if you'd like.  Blessings to you all...

Jun 30, 2009 11:21 AM #9
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Ed Vogt
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I've had the privilege of working with Sue at God's Kitchen and also within the Real Estate Industry - she is wonderful!  Best wishes for her and her daughter's work.

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