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Habitat ReStore Celebrates Partnerships

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley launched the Habitat ReStore in October of 2006 located at 170 Aprill Drive in Ann Arbor. All net proceeds from the Habitat ReStore are re-invested in Washtenaw County through the Home Ownership Program with Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley.

Habitat ReStore features 15,000 square feet of retail space open to the public Thursday- Saturday, 10 am- 6 pm. Since the beginning, the Habitat ReStore has diverted more than 8,700 tons of waste material, by recycling donated building materials, furniture, appliances and other household goods for sale to the public.

The top three items that the ReStore is always looking to collect are appliances, furniture, and kitchen/bathroom cabinet sets. All items may be gently used. Most donations received by the Habitat ReStore come from individuals making donations. Free pickups can be scheduled by calling 734-323-7028 or schedule online 24/7 by visiting www.annarborrestore.org.

Habitat ReStore also partners with many local companies to complete donation pickups. Over the 10 year partnership with Big George’s, the Restore has received over $30,000 in donations. Forward Design Build has contributed over $30,000 during their 5 year partnership. Lowe’s is one of the Restore’s most committed donors with over 8 years of a partnership. Silver Maples and Dexter Cabinets have been partners for 6 years and have both donated over $25,000 in merchandise. Costco and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System have both been partners for over 5 years, each contributing over $20,000 in donations. Ethan Allen and Cranbrook Tower Apartments are two of the newest organization donors. Ethan Allen has been a partner for 2 years contributing donations of over $20,000. Cranbrook Towers joined this year as a new donor, already donating over $10,000 worth of merchandise.

“The ReStore is an incredibly important arm of Habitat; helping the general public to improve their homes by purchasing gently used materials, helping Habitat generate important revenue to support our mission, all while employing residents and utilizing volunteers in important work,” said Sarah Stanton, Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley Executive Director.

A large volunteer group who plays a very significant role in helping the Habitat ReStore operate is the University of Michigan Navy ROTC. This group has been volunteering for more than three years with the ReStore and brings an average of 50 volunteers each time. In 2017, the Navy ROTC contributed over 180 hours towards creating affordable homeownership in Washtenaw County! They are also scheduled to volunteer on December 12, 2017. “Michigan’s Naval ROTC program loves the opportunity that Habitat for Humanity gives us to make an impact on our community and support such an important mission,” said Navy ROTC Volunteer, Helen Galliani.

Habitat ReStore in Ann Arbor Celebrates Partnerships

Ann Arbor, Mich. (Dec. 5, 2017) — Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley launched the Habitat ReStore in October of 2006 located at 170 Aprill Drive in Ann Arbor. All net proceeds from the Habitat ReStore are re-invested in Washtenaw County through the Home Ownership Program with Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley.

Habitat ReStore features 15,000 square feet of retail space open to the public Thursday- Saturday, 10 am- 6 pm. Since the beginning, the Habitat ReStore has diverted more than 8,700 tons of waste material, by recycling donated building materials, furniture, appliances and other household goods for sale to the public.

The top three items that the ReStore is always looking to collect are appliances, furniture, and kitchen/bathroom cabinet sets. All items may be gently used. Most donations received by the Habitat ReStore come from individuals making donations. Free pickups can be scheduled by calling 734-323-7028 or schedule online 24/7 by visiting www.annarborrestore.org.

Habitat ReStore also partners with many local companies to complete donation pickups. Over the 10 year partnership with Big George’s, the Restore has received over $30,000 in donations. Forward Design Build has contributed over $30,000 during their 5 year partnership. Lowe’s is one of the Restore’s most committed donors with over 8 years of a partnership. Silver Maples and Dexter Cabinets have been partners for 6 years and have both donated over $25,000 in merchandise. Costco and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System have both been partners for over 5 years, each contributing over $20,000 in donations. Ethan Allen and Cranbrook Tower Apartments are two of the newest organization donors. Ethan Allen has been a partner for 2 years contributing donations of over $20,000. Cranbrook Towers joined this year as a new donor, already donating over $10,000 worth of merchandise.

“The ReStore is an incredibly important arm of Habitat; helping the general public to improve their homes by purchasing gently used materials, helping Habitat generate important revenue to support our mission, all while employing residents and utilizing volunteers in important work,” said Sarah Stanton, Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley Executive Director.

A large volunteer group who plays a very significant role in helping the Habitat ReStore operate is the University of Michigan Navy ROTC. This group has been volunteering for more than three years with the ReStore and brings an average of 50 volunteers each time. In 2017, the Navy ROTC contributed over 180 hours towards creating affordable homeownership in Washtenaw County! They are also scheduled to volunteer on December 12, 2017. “Michigan’s Naval ROTC program loves the opportunity that Habitat for Humanity gives us to make an impact on our community and support such an important mission,” said Navy ROTC Volunteer, Helen Galliani.

 

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About Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley

Established in 1989, Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley has built or renovated over 200 homes in Washtenaw County. Habitat homeowners qualify for an affordable mortgage from Habitat, make a $1,000 down payment, and put in at least 250 hours (per adult household member) of “sweat equity” building their home. Habitat has expanded to provide home improvement projects to low-income families in neighborhoods we already target, providing over 500 such projects since 2011. For more information, visit www.h4h.org.

A Legacy That Lasts A Lifetime

The Good News House Group, a group of 17 area churches, recently celebrated the renovation of their 30th and 31st homes. On October 29, we hosted Lea and Jalen Glaze’s Home Dedication on the 30th house . Lea and Jalen welcomed members of the Good News House Group congregations into their home, on Harvest Lane in Ypsilanti, where Lea expressed how much she has enjoyed working with Habitat and the Good News House Group volunteers on her home.

“As a single mother, home ownership wasn’t an option until now,” said Lea. “I am happy for Jalen to have a neighborhood where he can make friends. In a few years when he leaves for college, he will have a house to return to. We are so excited and thankful for the opportunity to own a home!”

Lea is a teacher in the Toddler Program at a nonprofit school in Ann Arbor and is a student at The Center for Guided Montessori Studies. In her spare time Lea enjoys listening to music, doing puzzles, and spending time with her thirteen-year-old son, Jalen.  Jalen is looking forward to putting a basketball hoop up in the driveway.

The Good News House Group is an outreach ministry of 17 congregations who work with Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley on home renovations. In 1997, the Good News House Group was founded by Bob Whitacre, a retiree who was looking to give back in Washtenaw County. Bob’s guidance over the past 20 years led the Good News House Group to create homeownership for 29 families in Washtenaw County. These congregations created home for over 65 children. They also raised over $1 million to assist with the cost of renovations.

A Red Bud tree was planted at Lea’s dedication in memory of Bob, who passed in the spring of 2017. Bob’s wife Marge, son Donald, and grandson Kai attended Lea’s Home Dedication to pay special tribute to Bob. As Marge spoke about Bob’s work, she recalled Bob and the Good News House Group working on a home on Harvest Lane as early as 1999. Through the eyes of Bob’s family and friends it was the precious reminder that Bob’s legacy and the Good News House Group legacy live on every day in the lives of Habitat homeowners.

 

Thank you to the following congregations for your continued support:

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor, Manchester United Methodist Church, Calvary United Methodist Church, First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor, Marble Memorial United Methodist Church, Chelsea Church of the Nazarene, First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, Stony Creek United Methodist Church, Cherry Hill United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, West Side United Methodist Church, Dexter United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church of Saline, West Side United Methodist Church, Dexter United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church of Saline, Wesley United Methodist Church, Dixboro United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti