Kristel is a hardworking single mom to two sweet boys, Tyler and Mason. She grew up right here in Grand Rapids with her parents, Tim and Susan Dopp. She attended Greenway grade school until 2nd grade, was homeschooled for grades 3 and 4, attended Grand Rapids schools for 5th & 6th grades and then finished the remainder of her schooling at Itasca Christian Academy; graduating in 2001.
Soon after graduating high school, Kristel obtained her Nursing Assistant Certificate from Itasca Community College. She is currently employed at Accra Home Health and continues to work at Wildwood Resort, where she’s been employed since she was 14 years old.
When asked what she thinks about getting her own home, Kristel is very emotional. She feels extremely thankful, blessed and so very happy to see her dream of becoming a homeowner a reality and is beyond excited for her boys to have their own rooms, a yard to play in, and the chance to make memories there. Kristel says she has always felt Grand Rapids was home and is overjoyed that that their new place will allow them to stay in their current neighborhood. Her son Tyler attends Vandyke Elementary in the Greenway school district and he’ll be able to take the same bus that picks him up right across the street from their new home.
Kristel loves her church, the outdoors, watching NFL football, garage sale-ing, and most of all the joys of motherhood to two wonderful busy boys. Some of her fondest childhood memories include fort-building and spending time together as a family in the home she grew up in.
Every time Kristel volunteers in the ReStore or with Habitat, she comes with an attitude of gratitude for the home owning partnership and the chance to grow and learn as she works toward completing her required 300 hours of sweat equity. Itasca County Habitat for Humanity offers a hand up and not a handout when partnering with a family like the Dopps to sell them a future house at 0 % interest payable over 30 years. Itasca Habitat becomes the contractor, realtor, and mortgagor to families in need of a place to call home.
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