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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

 

Habitat Staff Member Becomes Habitat Homeowner

On November 22, 2017, Kyle Thornhill became a Habitat Homeowner. After graduating from Eastern Michigan University with a Communications degree, Kyle started working at the Habitat ReStore. He started part time completing donation pickups. Shortly after, he was hired full time for his current role as the Donations and Volunteer Manager.

Kyle has worked at the ReStore for 4 ½ years. In that 4 ½ years, he has worked with homeowners who were completing their sweat equity hours. He saw how happy and fulfilled these individuals were knowing that they were working towards homeownership. Before enrolling in Habitat’s Homeownership Program, Kyle was sharing an apartment with roommates. Kyle is really looking forward to having his own space and an opportunity to create music.

Creating music is a passion for Kyle as he has been writing music and playing the guitar for 20 years. He started playing the guitar in middle school and has since included the banjo, keyboard, bass, drums, and saxophone into his musical talents. Kyle has written music that has been used in documentaries that have toured Europe. In his spare time, he also enjoys kayaking and fishing.

Kyle loves working at the Habitat ReStore. “It’s a great job with work/life balance, a friendly staff, and a staff that is all working towards the same mission.” He felt that going through the Habitat Home Ownership Program process was easy and all guidelines and requirements were clear. His favorite memory of the program was taking a class with an inspector who showed potential homebuyers what to look for in a house. “It is a breath of fresh air to buy a house that doesn’t need home repairs,” said Kyle.

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley Completes 200th Home in Washtenaw County

As Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley (Habitat Huron Valley) celebrates its 28th year, it also celebrates the completion of its 200th house. The 200th Habitat Huron Valley home is located in the Holmes Road Neighborhood of Ypsilanti Township, MI. This will be more than 10 houses that Habitat Huron Valley has renovated and sold in this neighborhood since 2013. Renovations on the 200th home started in spring of 2017 and were completed in November 2017.

Habitat Huron Valley was founded in Washtenaw County in 1989. The first homeowner family closed and moved into their home in 1990. Habitat Huron Valley has been fulfilling its mission to create affordable homeownership for Washtenaw County families of low-income for the past 28 years.

“The completion of our 200th home marks a phenomenal milestone in our history and growth to strengthen communities,” said Executive Director, Sarah Stanton. “We believe that by building strong homes, stable communities emerge and create a better environment for our community members.”

Sponsors of the 200th home include all guests from the 2017 Bid to Build Auction & Celebration who contributed to the Raise the Roof portion of the evening and Pro-Face America by Schneider Electric. Pro-Face America has contributed over $7,500 financially and spent volunteer days working on the home.

The 200th house is the future home of the Wheeler Family, who have been living in a one bedroom apartment for two years. Elijah and Marissa Wheeler met at Washtenaw Community College, have been married for five years and recently welcomed their first child, Elijah Jr. They have outgrown the apartment with their first child and rent has increased every year. The apartment is also not energy efficient causing higher electric bills.

“We are thankful that Habitat approved us to be a part of the home ownership program,” said Elijah. “We are ecstatic that we will finally get a place of our own where our family can continue to grow. We are thankful for this experience and opportunity with Habitat. Also, we give a special thanks to our friends, family, and the volunteers who participated on this house.”

Ypsilanti Veterans Receive New Roof Installed by Tittle Brothers Construction on Veterans Day

Ypsilanti Veterans Receive New Roof Installed by Tittle Brothers Construction on Veterans Day

Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project Gives Back to U.S. Military Veterans

Ypsilanti, MI, November 11, 2017 – Owens Corning Platinum Contractors are working with Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley to provide new roofs to veterans in need and their families. James Lore, a United States Army veteran who served in Vietnam from 1969 until 1971, and his wife Jonnie, also a United States Army veteran, will receive a new roof on Veterans Day Saturday, November 11th, from Tittle Brothers Construction, a local Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Contractor, as part of the Owens Corning national Roof Deployment Project. This nationwide effort is a way to show gratitude and honor the veterans who served our country and the families who support them.

“We are a family owned and operated company with more than a decade of experience in the Southgate, Dearborn and Detroit metro region and this community is like family to us,” said Greg Tittle, Founder and Owner of Tittle Brothers Construction. “It’s an honor to know that we can help James and his wife, who is also a veteran, and make an impact right in our own backyard.”

Owens Corning Roofing and its network of independent Platinum Contractors, along with support from the Owens Corning Foundation, are donating roofing materials and labor to replace roofing shingles on the homes of military veterans and their families throughout the country. Through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley, James and Jonnie Lore was selected and approved as the recipient for the roof replacement.

“We are grateful for this partnership with Owens Corning and Tittle Brothers Construction,” said Heidi Frankenhauser, Home Improvement Program Manager, Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley. “Collaborations like this help us serve more families and ensure decent, safe housing.”

For more information on the Roof Deployment Project, or to learn more about how you can get involved, visit www.RoofDeploymentProject.com.

 

About Owens Corning

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) develops, manufactures, and markets insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites. Global in scope and human in scale, the company’s market-leading businesses use their deep expertise in materials, manufacturing, and building science to develop products and systems that save energy and improve comfort in commercial and residential buildings. Through its glass reinforcements business, the company makes thousands of products lighter, stronger, and more durable. Ultimately, Owens Corning people and products make the world a better place. Based in Toledo, Ohio, Owens Corning posted 2016 sales of $5.7 billion and employs about 17,000 people in 33 countries. It has been a Fortune 500® company for 63 consecutive years. For more information, please visit www.owenscorning.com/.

About Tittle Brothers Construction

Tittle Brothers Construction is a family-owned and operated general contractor providing a full range of home remodeling and renovation services, along with commercial construction services, in Southgate MI and the Dearborn and Detroit metro region. Since our founding in 2004 we have helped thousands of our neighbors with home remodeling and renovation projects that bring comfort, convenience and added value. We are very much a part of our community and we participate in community service projects and activities around town, and in groups such as the national “Roof Deployment Project” and “Homes for Our Troops,” an organization dedicated to providing housing for returning veterans. For more information, visit https://www.tittlebrothers.com/.

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.

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley Completes 200th Home in Washtenaw County

ANN ARBOR, MI (November 1, 2017) – As Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley (Habitat Huron Valley) celebrates its 28th year, it also celebrates the completion of its 200th house. The 200th Habitat Huron Valley home is located in the Holmes Road Neighborhood of Ypsilanti Township, MI. This will be more than 10 houses that Habitat Huron Valley has renovated and sold in this neighborhood since 2013. Renovations on the 200th home started in spring of 2017 and were completed in November 2017.

Habitat Huron Valley was founded in Washtenaw County in 1989. The first homeowner family closed and moved into their home in 1990. Habitat Huron Valley has been fulfilling its mission to create affordable homeownership for Washtenaw County families of low-income for the past 28 years.

“The completion of our 200th home marks a phenomenal milestone in our history and growth to strengthen communities,” said Executive Director, Sarah Stanton. “We believe that by building strong homes, stable communities emerge and create a better environment for our community members.”

Sponsors of the 200th home include all guests from the 2017 Bid to Build Auction & Celebration who contributed to the Raise the Roof portion of the evening and Pro-Face America by Schneider Electric. Pro-Face America has contributed over $7,500 financially and spent volunteer days working on the home.

The 200th house is the future home of the Wheeler Family, who have been living in a one bedroom apartment for two years. Elijah and Marissa Wheeler met at Washtenaw Community College, have been married for five years and recently welcomed their first child, Elijah Jr.. They have outgrown the apartment with their first child and rent has increased every year. The apartment is also not energy efficient causing higher electric bills.

“We are thankful that Habitat approved us to be a part of the home ownership program,” said Elijah. “We are ecstatic that we will finally get a place of our own where our family can continue to grow. We are thankful for this experience and opportunity with Habitat. Also, we give a special thanks to our friends, family, and the volunteers who participated on this house.”

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.

 

Veteran Repair Day

Habitat for Humanity International and Wells Fargo Housing Foundation have partnered together to complete home repairs for 100 Veterans across the country. Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley in partnership with local Wells Fargo employees worked on four homes. The September projects that were completed included installing gutter guards, landscaping, painting, and installing a handrail.

One local Ypsilanti Veteran who welcomed Habitat at his home was Bill Lundy. Bill and his wife, Melonae, have owned their home in the Ypsilanti community for more than 30 years. Bill served four years in the Marine Corps Infantry Rifle Company. During that time he was stationed in six places including Japan and the Philippines. After returning to America, Bill worked for Ford Motor Company for 30 years. It was there that he met Melonae. Both have retired from Ford Motor and Bill currently serves as an Assistant Pastor at the Pentecostal Church in Ypsilanti.

During a trip to the Habitat ReStore, a Habitat employee spoke to the Bill and Melonae about the Habitat Home Improvement Programs. Through this partnership Bill and Melonae have received a new roof, a new water heater and furnace, and insulation in their walls. They also participated in the Exterior Home Improvement Day with three other Veteran families in the community.

Bill said to all the volunteers who have helped on his home, “Gratitude is insufficient. I really appreciate the time people took out of their day to contribute to someone else’s home, especially mine.”

Michael and Katherine Starkey are another couple whose home was a part of the Veteran Repair Day. Michael and Kathy have owned their own home for 9 years. Michael was a truck driver for 32 years and is now a computer engineer. Before that Michael served for 4 years in the Marine Corps. He was a cryptographer who was stationed at the Marine Corps Headquarters.

The Starkey’s have had their refrigerator, furnace, and hot water heater replaced through the Habitat Home Improvement Programs. It was during the Exterior Home Improvement Day that Michael said, “I am super grateful for people who would take their Saturday to work on someone else’s home.”

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley Raises Walls on New Home

ANN ARBOR, MI (September 28, 2017) – Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley (Habitat Huron Valley) will be raising the walls of a new home on Oct. 6, 2017, for the first time in 4 years. Mitsubishi Motors R&D America (Mitsubishi) employees will volunteer between 9am – 4pm at 1343 Jeff Ave. Ypsilanti, MI 48198 to raise the walls on the Hickman Family’s future home.

The initial Habitat model was to construct new homes each year. In 2008, with the real estate market crash, Habitat Huron Valley changed to complete home renovations instead of construction. This strategic move was implemented to keep Habitat Huron Valley a sustainable non-profit organization. Habitat Huron Valley has remained sustainable and is the No. 1 affilliate in the country for home renovations with over 200 home renovations completed.  2013 was the last year that Habitat Huron Valley raised walls on a home. This year Habitat is raising walls on a property containing a foundation, driveway and garage that was donated by the previous owner. A partnership with Ypsilanti Township allowed the property to be donated with the foundation and garage in place, saving Habitat Huron Valley more than $20,000.

Habitat Huron Valley is able to renovate roughly 19 houses in Washtenaw County each year for local families and individuals of low-income who qualify for the Habitat Home Ownership Program. Through an affordable mortgage, local families and individuals save hundreds of dollars a month.

“We are thrilled to create affordable homeownership for families throughout Washtenaw County,” said Executive Director, Sarah Stanton. “We celebrate the accomplishment of completing one new build this year with our local partners, volunteers, donors, and sponsors.”

Plante Moran Ann Arbor and Mitsubishi Motors R&D America (Mitsubishi) are the local sponsors of the future Hickman Family home. All sponsors enjoy construction volunteer days on site as well as contribute financial funding for the home. Plante Moran has been a partner since 2016 and has contributed over $13,500 through employee fundraising.  Mitsubishi, a new sponsor, contributed over $5,000 and will spend two volunteer days on site. The contributions from these partnerships will prepare the Hickman Family home for a spring closing. Habitat Huron Valley is still pursuing additional sponsors to help offset the cost of the home.

Future homeowner, Kristine Hickman, is looking forward to the security being a Habitat Homeowner will bring. “I’m most looking forward to having a spot that everyone can return to and call home”, says Hickman. “A home that brings peace and a feeling of being settled that only a home can provide.” She also appreciates the stability it is going to provide for her four children and can’t wait to watch her children decorate their very own bedroom.

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.

 

Raising Walls For the Hickman Family’s Future Home

On Oct. 6, 2017, Habitat Huron Valley raised the walls of a new home for the first time in 4 years. Mitsubishi Motors R&D America (Mitsubishi) employees volunteered between 9am – 4pm to raise the walls on the Hickman Family’s future home.

Habitat Huron Valley is able to renovate roughly 19 houses in Washtenaw County each year for local low-income households who qualify for the Habitat Home Ownership Program. Through an affordable mortgage, local households save hundreds of dollars a month. A partnership with Ypsilanti Township allowed this property to be donated with the foundation and garage in place, saving Habitat Huron Valley more than $20,000.

“We are thrilled to create affordable homeownership for households throughout Washtenaw County,” said Executive Director, Sarah Stanton. “We celebrate the accomplishment of completing one new build this year with our local partners, volunteers, donors, and sponsors.”

Plante Moran Ann Arbor and Mitsubishi are the local sponsors of the future Hickman Family home. All sponsors enjoy construction volunteer days on site as well as contribute financial funding for the home. Plante Moran has been a partner since 2016 and has contributed over $13,500 through employee fundraising.  Mitsubishi, a new sponsor, contributed over $5,000 and will spend two volunteer days on site. The contributions from these partnerships will prepare the Hickman Family home for a spring closing. Habitat Huron Valley is still pursuing additional sponsors to help offset the cost of the home.

Future homeowner, Kristine Hickman, is looking forward to the security being a Habitat Homeowner will bring. “I’m most looking forward to having a spot that everyone can return to and call home”, says Hickman. “A home that brings peace and a feeling of being settled that only a home can provide.” She also appreciates the stability it is going to provide for her four children and can’t wait to watch her children decorate their very own bedroom.

Kristine has been shocked by her experience completing sweat equity hours. Shocked that, unlike other volunteer experiences, a volunteer is making a significant difference and really building a home. She loves that Habitat creates a partnership between all volunteers, community partners, staff, and homeowners. “Everybody is so peaceful and positive. The people giving are so generous and my experience working with Habitat has been amazing,” said Hickman.