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Habitat’s Rock the Block® Blitzes the Historic East and Chesterfield Neighborhoods

Posted October 06, 2014 in Web Exclusives

DES MOINES, IOWA (October 6, 2014) – Close to 300 volunteers and homeowners will join Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity (GDM Habitat) by repairing homes in Des Moines’ Historic East and Chesterfield neighborhoods. From October 7-9, GDM Habitat’s Rock the Block® program will complete 11 homeowner-occupied repair projects.

Rock the Block® is a focused housing outreach program that allows residents, partner organizations, volunteers and GDM Habitat to work together to assist low-income residents with needed repair, maintenance, weatherization, safety, accessibility and beautification of homes. Each Rock the Block® event occurs in a targeted neighborhood where major rehabilitation and new construction are already underway or planned for the near future, and where residents and stakeholders agree to work closely with GDM Habitat to improve their community.

“We are really looking forward to working on the east side of Des Moines in the Historic East and Chesterfield neighborhoods again,” says Les Stohs, GDM Habitat’s Rock the Block® Program Director. “The neighborhoods have been very welcoming. The families we have served in the past, as well as the neighbors have all been great partners.” This event marks the fourth year Rock the Block® has worked in the Historic East village and the second in Chesterfield.

GDM Habitat’s Rock the Block® program will assist more than 100 families in 2014, allowing families to live safely in their homes. Projects may include building ramps and door modifications, repairing roofs, porches, siding, windows, driveways and sidewalks, insulating, weather stripping, painting, landscaping and more. Sign up to volunteer and make a difference at

Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry that brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Hard-working families apply for partnership with Habitat for Humanity based on three criteria: need for housing, ability to pay and willingness to partner. At closing, families purchase their home through a 20-year, no-profit mortgage. In addition to creating homeownership, GDM Habitat is focused on neighborhood revitalization through its Rock the Block® program, which assists residents with repair, maintenance and beautification of homes. For more information visit

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