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Team Make A Difference participates in Homes for Hounds for Habitat for Humanity

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Joliet will host its second annual Homes for Hounds from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Teams from different counties, including Grundy and Will, will come together in a contest to build doghouses to support Habitat’s mission.
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Joliet will host its second annual Homes for Hounds from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Teams from different counties, including Grundy and Will, will come together in a contest to build doghouses to support Habitat’s mission.

Building a home for someone could take months.

But building a home for man’s best friend only will take a day. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Joliet will host its second annual Homes for Hounds from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Teams from different counties, including Grundy and Will, will come together in a contest to build doghouses to support Habitat’s mission.

The public is invited to watch as these teams work to paint, build and construct a home for man’s best friend. Onlookers can vote for their favorite and bid on one to take home after it’s been displayed at the ReStore.

A portion of the proceeds from the sales will benefit PAWS of Tinley Park and K9s for Veterans.

Team Make a Difference from Morris will be participating for its second year at the Homes for the Hounds event. TMAD is a nonprofit that helps people in need by renovating a room to assist in their healing.

According to its Facebook page, “This space is considered their special place within their home, where they spend most of their time. We want to create an atmosphere that will not only be accessible for their individual needs, but uplifting, beautiful and unique to the individual. It will be their comfort zone, a room where they can quietly heal and regain strength and hope.”

“We love Habitat and all it stands for. We also love so many people that are involved with Habitat in Will and Grundy counties,” said Audra Crowther, the Team Make a Difference founder and president.

The creations of the doghouses from the teams ranged from a Dr. Seuss home to a Paris theme, including an Eiffel Tower design.

“Last year my sister, Adrianne Toke, Team Make a Difference vice president, said we should do an end table doghouse. Team Make a Difference and Habitat for Humanity have such a similar passion about the importance of having a comfortable place to call home,” Crowther said.

This year, TMAD’s theme will not be announced until the day of the event. All are welcome to cheer on their favorite team as well as shop at the ReStore with their dog.

ReStore manager Heidi Serena said she is excited that organizations from many communities, including Grundy County, are participating in the event.

“We love to reach out to other communities to build partnerships with them. We pick up donations from Morris, and many residents visit our store to shop, as well,” Serena said.

Last year, the ReStore created Homes for the Hounds as an event to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the ReStore.

“It was so popular that we brought it back as an annual event,” Serena said. “We are so excited to see what [Team Make a Difference] creates this year, as they were one of the top teams last year.”

TMAD partnered with Habitat for Humanity last year during one of its makeovers to show that resale items can decorate a room.

“It was a lot of work but also fun to repurpose items,” Crowther said. “Charities helping charities and working together is the best thing for our community.”

The event supports Habitat Humanity’s mission, which is to create what it calls “A world where everyone deserves a decent place to live [even man’s best friend].”

The event has 24 registered teams represented by three different counties.  

“Each team has four to eight members that will build a creative doghouse with a theme that has a meaning to them,” Serena said.

At the event, not only will the teams be competing, but visitors will be allowed to shop the store with their friendly dogs on a leash and meet the dogs that can be adopted from PAWS of Tinley Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Visitor also can meet with K9s for Veterans warriors from 11 a.m. to
1 p.m., and have a photo opportunity with the Chicagoland Speedway’s official 2018 Toyota Camry NASCAR stock car that will be displayed.

The first 50 people who attend will leave with a goodie bag from the event.

“We hope by participating, you will have a better understanding of what it feels like to build a Habitat home – the community working together to provide strength, stability and shelter right here in Will County,” Serena said.

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IF YOU GO

WHAT: Second annual Homes for Hounds

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: ReStore of Joliet (Habitat for Humanity), 1395 N. Larkin Ave., Joliet

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