Case Study

1106 Watkins: Joel and Dana Lautenbach

1106 Watkins was a significant project for Next Step in many ways. This house was our first in partnership with the City of Grand Rapids NSP Program, and really lived up to its name! The 1100 block of Watkins was in need of work… there were multiple vacant homes, and others that were in varying stages of disrepair.

Next Step completed this project during the winter of 2010, and the home was sold to Joel and Dana Lautenbach. They both feel called to live in the city, and to be good neighbors. They are greatly involved in the local church, and have become regulars at the Neighborhood association meetings.

Their hope is to see continued change and investment in their community, and to see the people, their neighbors, take initiative towards making the S.E. side of Grand Rapids a better place to live.

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