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Ionia County's State Land Bank Authority and Habitat for Humanity have collaborated to repurpose bricks from the former Riverside Correctional Facility in Ionia, Mich. The facility, which first opened in 1883 as a state hospital, was an important historical site in the city. Following its recent demolition, Habitat for Humanity Ionia County Restore is offering a limited number of bricks with a suggested minimum donation of $20.

The fundraising effort supports Habitat for Humanity's local projects, including new-home construction, wheelchair ramps, and exterior home repairs, Michigan’s Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity says.

“We are proud to work with the State Land Bank Authority on this collaboration to preserve the past and support a brighter future for residents of Ionia County,” said Stacy Moore, Habitat for Humanity of Ionia County Executive Director. “These bricks represent the foundation upon which we can construct homes, create opportunities and enhance the lives of our neighbors. This initiative perfectly reflects Habitat for Humanity’s core values and we are excited to see the positive impact it will have on our community.”

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