Renovation on a Ninth Street home is nearly complete, and its transformation fueled the transformation of the people who worked on it.The home was stripped down to its studs, and then built back up by three trainees and their trainer, Bob Van Dyke, founder of Taking Root Ministries."It's not just working on a house, it's working on your house -- as a being," said Bill Harris, who graduated from the six-month program in June.Like many of those who go through the Taking Roots program, Harris struggled with the law and finding a sense of place, having drifted through the country for many years.Now, Harris works for Menards as a load builder, meaning he assembles construction orders to be shipped to builders. He was recently hired on fulltime.In addition to working on job skills, Harris was referred to Community Action House to receive financial counseling while in the program. That's part of Taking Root's mission as well -- referring trainees to organizations that can help in all facets of life.Taking Roots also partners with Holland Rescue Mission to find potential trainees, with Jubilee Ministries for its training job sites and with 70x7 Life Recovery for mentoring and job placement.The house in Ninth Street is the largest project Taking Root has worked on, and the largest one Jubilee has undertaken in terms of cost, square footage and the scope of work.Jubilee owns the approximately 2,700-square-foot house and has put almost $300,000 into it in materials and other costs. That doesn't include labor costs for trainees and trainers, which are paid for through donations to Taking Root.The trainees who worked on the Ninth Street house learned how to strip down a structure; to reinforce floors; build an addition; install beams, windows, doors and hardwood floors; custom make trim, railings and cabinets; lay tile; pour concrete; install a garage door and read blueprints. They also learned about building codes, work safety and how to figure materials.Attendees at an open house Tuesday, Aug. 11, milled through the two-story home admiring the work. It includes two and a half bathrooms, four bedrooms, a fireplace and more."We provide an opportunity to get into a trade that has lifelong learning," said Joel Westmaas, executive director of Taking Root. "Our trainees could ultimately become independent contractors."The single-family home, which was converted from three apartments, is owned by Jubilee. It will be on the market in less than two weeks."This is the biggest house project we've ever done," said Steve Grose, director of Jubilee. "Our goal is to improve the housing stock in downtown neighborhoods."Page 2 of 2 - The partnership with Taking Root has been great, and each house has been better than the last, he said.This is Taking Roots' seventh house renovation."It's great to watch Bob (Van Dyke) with the trainees," Grose said. "They're building a trade, good employees and good citizens all at the same time. And we get to turn these tired, old houses into beautiful homes."Most of the trainees come to Taking Root with a criminal background or other barriers to employment, such as lack of schooling."There's just a hopelessness of life in general," Van Dyke said. "Six months in this program changes their life. I count it as a privilege really to be able to do this and help so many."About 10-15 men have graduated since the founding in 2012."From the day they start to graduation, they're a totally different person in attitude, work ethic and total joy," Van Dyke said. "Now, they can go out and earn an honest living. They see that they can do things, they can learn and enjoy what they're doing."