50 Cabinets in 8 Years
In August 2017, Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley (Habitat Huron Valley) installed its 50th cabinet set from its partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Michigan and Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC). The 50 cabinets Habitat Huron Valley have installed have come from several facilities including: Parnall Correctional Facility, Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility, and Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility. Habitat Huron Valley is very proud of the cabinetry partnership and appreciate the care and attention to detail placed within each piece of woodwork. “The cabinets are very high quality. They are so beautiful. Everyone comments on how great they look. The people who made them should be very proud” said Habitat Huron Valley homeowner, CJ Butcher.
In the early 1990’s, Habitat for Humanity Michigan (HFHM) joined in partnership with Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) to provide Habitat partner families with affordable cabinetry of high quality craftsmanship. The program is generously subsidized by a grant with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). Each set of cabinets requires 96 hours to build.
The Michigan Correctional Opportunities for Rehabilitation and Education (SCORE) Program creates curriculum based on hands-on projects, and service learning projects that enhance the skills and opportunities needed to gain valuable work experience once inmates are released from incarceration. An inmate will complete the program with a resume and reference letters. MHSDA has created a unique approach to providing affordable housing in Michigan and the Habitat for Humanity Affiliates are able to provide homeowners with dependable, high quality, and affordable cabinetry.
“This is a great program that makes an impact and difference in many lives. By partnering with Michigan Habitat for Humanity affiliates, prisoners have the opportunity to give back to communities,” said Housing Programs Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Michigan, Jessica Rick. “I am blessed to have the opportunity to be involved in the program, to meet the prisoners that build these cabinets, and to work with both the facility instructors and affiliates.”
Gloria Pays Off Her Mortgage
After 19 years of homeownership, Gloria Lee pays off her Habitat mortgage! A monumental moment for Gloria was when she stopped into the Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley office in August of 2017 to make her very last mortgage payment.
Gloria not only loves being a homeowner, but she also loves her job. She is currently a bus driver with the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority. Her two boys Warren and Royce grew up in the Habitat home that Gloria received. Warren was 10 and Royce was 1 when the family of three moved into their new home. Gloria was most excited that this home gave her and her family a place to gather. Family barbeques in the backyard and a place for holidays.
Becoming a part of the Habitat family lasts so much longer than the length of the program. Throughout her completion of sweat equity hours Gloria became friends with other Habitat homeowners. She recalls fondly that even to this day she will sit on her front porch and catch up with Habitat homeowner, Carolyn Wells, who lives next door.
Gloria says that she is very blessed by Habitat to have received her new home and a large family. To the many volunteers who worked on her home Gloria says, “Thanks, thanks, thanks a million!” Gloria recalls that her favorite part of volunteering on her own home was helping to raise the walls of her own bedroom. The walls that would soon welcome her family. Congratulations Gloria and welcome home!
Walker Family Home Dedication
Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley hosted the Walker Family’s house dedication on Tuesday, Aug. 22. The house was fully sponsored by NSK Americas, Inc. (NSK), a longtime partner of Habitat Huron Valley.
Since 2007, NSK, a global supplier of roller bearings, ball bearings, linear motion and automotive components, has supported Habitat Huron Valley and contributed more than $123,000 toward Habitat’s mission. For the last three years, NSK has been a full house sponsor, which includes funding for the house renovations and providing more than 545 volunteers. NSK volunteers contributed 1,017 hours of work to help renovate Nakesha and her 2-year-old daughter, Nyla’s, home.
NaKesha Walker, has lived in apartments for most of her life. Despite a college degree from Central Michigan University, Nakesha struggled to find work during the 2008 recession. Within a year, she found her saving grace with the birth of her daughter.
“Since her birth, she has pushed me to want better,” said Nakesha. “I saw no other options for someone like me with low income and fair credit… With the help of Habitat, homeownership has been a new goal I set for my daughter and me.”
At her home dedication, NaKesha said, “Through Habitat I’ve met some pretty AWESOME people that I now call my family. These are people that hammered nails with me, painted walls with me, tore down ceilings with me, dreamed with me, and hoped with me. No one you encounter through Habitat is against you because our goals are common— do something spectacular for others and rest assured the same is being done for you.”