Our New Youth Committee Chair


Grace Nasr:  Youth Committee Chair

Grace Nasr, 16, of Stoney Creek High School is thrilled to be elected the 2012-2013 Youth Committee Chair.  As a 2-year member of RANH, Nasr enjoys helping people and wanted to be apart of something bigger than herself.

“I really like being apart of RANH because it gives me an outlet to help people in need,” says Nasr.

Nasr plans to recruit students from around the Rochester Community School District to diversify the youth membership of RANH.

“After my term is over, I want to be Junior Ambassador to further my influence in the community,” she says.

Nasr is currently apart of the German National Honor Society, the National Honor Society and is a member of the debate club at SCHS.After high school, Nasr wants to pursue a degree in nursing.  Nasr is a first-generation American with a close-knit family. She firmly believes in unity and plans on bringing that sense to RANH.  With two brothers and one sister, she wants to influence them to be apart of RANH as well.

[Bio done by Barbara Kallasides]

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Dementia Haunted House Fundraiser

The Rochester Area Neighborhood House invites you to help raise funds at Hampton Golf Club [(248) 852-3250 www.HauntedRochesterHills.com] on Sunday, October 30th by going to Dementia Haunted House at Hampton.

$16 Admission Per Person

Time: 7:30-10:30p.m.

The Neighborhood House gets 20% of sales for the cause!

Please bring this flyer & pay at concessions during the date & hours above for us to get credit for the Rochester Area Neighborhood House.

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Support Neighborhood House at Van Hoosen Farms Stonewall Pumpkin Festival

Tonight, starting at 7pm, Van Hoosen Farms (on Tienken between Dequindre and Rochester) will be lighting the pumpkins carved today by visitors.

Admission to the lighting event is a non-perishable food donation to the Rochester Area Neighborhood House Food Pantry.

Kaylee and I willl both be there, and we hope to see you all there!

Van Hoosen Farms Stonewall Pumpkin Festival

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Neighborhood House on Facebook and Twitter!

Remember to “like” Rochester Area Neighborhood Area on Facebook by going to the page here.

Follow Neighborhood House, and help us by retweeting our message, by going to our Twitter page here. You can also search @RANH10.

Help Neighborhood House gain support and raise awareness by inviting your friends to “like” us too! Thanks!

-Megan D’Arcy

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Youth Committee Meeting!

Hey Youth Committee Members!

Our next meeting is next Wednesday, August 24th. Check your email for details.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all!

Kaylee Zajac and Megan D’Arcy

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Neighborhood House Donation Containers are Now in Rochester

Have you seen these cute donation houses around Rochester yet? The Youth Committee made them last spring in order to help bring awareness and fundraise for Neighborhood House. Kaylee and I are very excited to have them out in the community!

Currently, you will find these donation houses at:

Red Knapp’s Dairy Bar

Bean and Leaf Cafe

The Rochester Bike Shop

Home Bakery

Dragonfly Boutique

Dessert Oasis

Ram’s Horn on Hamlin and Rochester Rd.

TCF Bank on Tienken and Rochester Rd.

Sole Sisters

Dairy Queen

Green Baby

7 Eleven

Visit these businesses and support Neighborhood House by depositing your loose change. All proceeds will go to Neighborhood House to provide our neighbors in need with food, clothing, and the help needed to move towards self-sufficiency. Also, be sure to check the blog again soon because more donation houses will soon be at new locations!


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Neighborhood House in the News!

Thank you to everyone in the community who has welcomed Kaylee and me to Neighborhood House! We’re so blessed to live in such a generous and caring community. Click the links below to read about Neighborhood House in the news!

Coverage From:

Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch and the Oakland Township Patch

The Rochester Citizen

Community Lifestyles


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Junior Ambassador Reception

Kaylee, Me, Mrs. Linda Riggs, and Kelsey at the reception

On June 28, 2011, the Rochester Area Neighborhood House hosted a reception at the Rochester Community House to thank Kelsey for all her work this year and announce Kaylee and me as Youth Committee Chairperson and Junior Ambassador.


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Meet Megan D’Arcy, Rochester Area Neighborhood House’s New Junior Ambassador

Hi everyone! My name is Megan D’Arcy, and I am thrilled to be the Rochester Area Neighborhood House’s 2011-2012 Junior Ambassador!

Last year I served as Neighborhood House’s Youth Committee Chairperson (YCC) and worked with Kelsey Jackson on getting teens in the Rochester area involved with Neighborhood House. The Youth Committee met monthly to plan and help with projects such as the Mark Tisdel Concert, Kris Kringle Market, holiday wreaths, donation houses, easter baskets, and the 5K run. I’m very proud of all their hard work, and I know the Youth Committee will continue to expand and help our neighbors with Kaylee Zajac, the 2011-2012 YCC.

Be sure to check back here for updates on everything Kaylee, the Youth Committee, and I are doing this year! Most importantly, thank you for your unwavering support of Neighborhood House and the Junior Ambassador program.


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Last Post!

Hi everyone,
This is my last blog post as the Junior Ambassador of the Rochester Area Neighborhood House, so I have a lot to cover!
Because my year’s term is over, the Youth Committee Chair, senior Megan D’Arcy, will be moving into the Junior Ambassador spot, and a new Youth Committee Chair, sophomore Kaylee Zajac, will be entering the program.
I am very excited for both of these girls as they continue on in the program and continue to help the Neighborhood House and make this community a better place!
My final effort for Neighborhood House as Junior Ambassador was helping to plan the 5k Run with the Rochester Hills Government Youth Council. This took place on Saturday, June 18th and was a huge success! We were able to raise almost 9,000 dollars for the Neighborhood House and the runners and families had a lot of fun! I would like to thank our business sponsors and runners for participating and making the event great! For more coverage on the event, please see the article in the Rochester Patch from this week!
about a month ago, the Stoney Creek High School Student Council also adopted RANH as the benefactor for their annual Charity Week. This event raised over 3,000 dollars for the Neighborhood House.
Instances such as these have been ones that have taught me of the warm hearted and giving nature of our community. As Junior Ambassador this year, I have been shown the workings of an amazing organization as well as the amazing hearts of the people who I have been lucky enough to work with.
I have been introduced to wonderful people who continually give without asking for anything in return. I have heard stories of community members who give up their own luxuries in order to make the lives of those less fortunate a bit more comfortable. I have worked in many areas of this non profit, from mailing out flyers, to stringing bells for the Kris Kringle Market, to helping plan events– and I am grateful for every minute of it.
I am also grateful for having been given the chance to work with Megan this year. She has been so helpful and I would like to thank her for the countless hours and insurmountable effort that she has put into this program. She has been vital for many projects that we have tackled this year–especially the pilot of our donation houses that will be placed in businesses this year and the Youth Committee group that has really taken off this year (50 members!)
Megan will continue to post on this blog as she goes through the upcoming year as Junior Ambassador, so check back often!
I cannot put all of the feelings and thoughts I have for the Neighborhood House into one blog post. It has been a big part of my life for an entire year and I will truly miss it. The Neighborhood House is a wonderful organization that holds the best interest of our neighbors close to it, and I will forever remember this year that I have spent working in it. I have learned how willing others are to help when you express a need for it, and I have learn how far a little bit of effort and kindness can go in the lives of others.
Thank you,

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