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Grand Rapids homeless agency selected by the National Alliance to End Homelessness as host site for 2017 international exchange.

About Community Rebuilders

Founded in 1993, Community Rebuilders is dedicated to the mission of ending homelessness and creating safe, affordable housing opportunities in Kent County. As the leader in Strengths Based, Housing First services in Kent County, Community Rebuilders housed 1,777 homeless Kent County residents in 2016. For more information, visit

Exchange participant Ruth Franciszka (pictured right) will work alongside Community Rebuilders staff during her two week visit.

Exchange participant Ruth Franciszka (pictured right) will work alongside Community Rebuilders staff during her two week visit.

Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 25, 2017 – Grand Rapids based nonprofit housing agency, Community Rebuilders, has been selected as a host-site for the 2017 Transatlantic Partnership program. The Transatlantic Practice Exchange (the Exchange) provides an opportunity for United Kingdom and United States professionals in the homeless assistance field to spend up to two weeks with an organization ‘across the pond’ to learn about innovative interventions that are not being implemented in their home communities.

Selected for their use of the Strengths-Based Housing Resource Specialist model, Community Rebuilders will host a UK practitioner, Ruth Franciszka, from Voices of Stoke for two weeks. The exchange participant will have an opportunity to meet community leaders in the homelessness arena, as well as households that have received services.

“We are incredibly honored to be a 2017 host site” states Vera Beech, Community Rebuilders Executive Director. “These exchange partnerships provide our community, as well as the UK host community, with a real opportunity to learn and share best practices.”

For more information about Community Rebuilders visit  

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