Having a safe, affordable home can be life changing. For 1,423 families – and because of you – the word ‘home’ has a whole new meaning this year. Your support empowered these families to become first-time homeowners or to improve the legacy of their home through our home improvement programs. We are so grateful for you – the people who support Habitat and make it possible for local families to build a brighter future for themselves.
As we look ahead to 2016, there are still hundreds of families who are in need of simple, decent, affordable housing and the support that we can provide through our different programs.
But we can’t do it without you.
Your tax-deductible gift will help more families like the Smiths (pictured above) – three generations of veterans who live in Washtenaw County and have received services through our Veteran Critical Repair Program. This program – and others like our Furnace Test & Tune, Refrigerator Replacement, and Exterior Home Improvement – provide the essential help that hardworking families need in order to keep their homes safe, sustainable, and affordable.
Your support today will make it possible for us to continue to offer these important programs to help hundreds of families right here in our community. By donating to Habitat, you are investing in our families, our neighborhoods, and you are committing to help revitalize our entire community.
Please give today so we can help another 1,423 families (and more!) in 2016.
Sarah Stanton, Executive Director
A Day with Two Dedications
[Blog by Gabriele Kuschmann, Family Program Coordinator]
Gathered in the living room of her soon to be home on Auburndale Avenue, Anita Snow is speaking at her dedication. “I want to thank the Johnson Controls team,” she says. “Without you, Steve would not have been able to get to this point.” It’s the first home that Steve Clark has completed, being a new House Leader for Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley. “Anita was always great to work with,” he says. Russ Burgei from Johnson Controls (VP Engineering – Complete Seat – Americas) made it out today to present Anita with a gift that included photos of some of the 250 volunteers when they were in the process of renovating her new home. The biggest transformation was the layout of the house—the basement stairs were moved and completely re-done, which changed the layout and made it feel much more spacious. “This partnership has been really amazing, from my point of view—they worked together so much [Steve and Anita],” says Ann Mulhern, Anita’s Support Partner, who is a volunteer and was with her through the entire process.
A few hours later, everyone is gathered at the dedication for Barbara Conner, a few minutes down the road. “If I could have done a cartwheel that Saturday when I finished [her sweat equity hours], I would have,” exclaims Barbara, with much laughter from the crowd. “It’s been a blessing, a rewarding experience, and a learning experience for me, something I didn’t know I’d be doing at 59. Everyone is so encouraging and positive. We did a lot of laughing.” Barbara’s daughter Tanesha also has a Habitat home, which is how Barbara learned about the details of what Habitat entails. MASCO and Hyundai were the sponsors on Barbara’s home, and they helped with the major changes on the house, as well as with financial donations. “This one was kind of a doozy!” says Dave Szurpicki, the House Leader.
Both Anita and Barbara are single, which points out the misconception that some people have—that Habitat is only for families with multiple people. They have both worked hard at their sweat equity hours, even with knee trouble and busy schedules. They have completed their required classes to prepare them for homeownership, and asked all the questions they can think of about their 0% interest mortgage and the payment process. Before they know it, they’ll be all moved in to their new homes, ready to start a new chapter in their lives, and right before Christmas, too.
Give a gift that will last a lifetime.
This holiday season, you can make hope a reality for more low-income families in Washtenaw County. With your help, we can give a hand up – not a hand out – to another hardworking family in need.
Your gift of $25, $50, $100 or more will give a family the opportunity to buy their own Habitat home this holiday season!
Consider how a Habitat home has changed the lives of Rico and Laura and their three young children…
Rico and Laura had little hope of ever owning their own home. Although they both worked hard, they barely made enough to afford a two-bedroom apartment for their growing family. Fortunately, Rico’s grandmother told him about Habitat, and after they applied, they were accepted based on their need and willingness to partner in our program.
That’s right – we offer families a hand up, not a hand out.
Each family invests 250 hours of sweat equity (time working on their home or another one of our current projects) to help build their home. And when construction work is complete, they make affordable mortgage payments directly back to us that we reinvest in our programs to help even more families in need!
As you think about being “home for the holidays” this year, will you help ensure that more families like Rico and Laura’s can have a decent and affordable place to live?
When you support Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley, you will give a gift never to be forgotten…a place to call home.
Sarah Stanton, Executive Director
If you have already given a gift to Habitat this holiday season, thank you!
Join us for our December home dedications!