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Habitat Honors 2018 Volunteer of the Year and Partner of the Year

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley is celebrated 29 years of helping families in Washtenaw County during it’s Bid to Build: Annual Auction & Celebration on Saturday, May 19, and honored a longtime partner and volunteer as part of the celebration.

Each year, we recognize a volunteer and partner who have gone above and beyond to support our mission of building stronger communities. This year, we recognized Toyota Motor North America Research and Development as the 2018 Partner of the Year and Don Redding as our 2018 Volunteer of the Year.

Toyota Motor North America – Research and Development has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley for 11 years and provided full house renovation funding for 13 homes, including the two sponsored homes this coming year.  To date, Toyota has donated more than $466,800 and given more than 17,000 employee volunteer hours with us.

In 2017 alone, Toyota doubled its impact in Ypsilanti with more than 250 employees volunteering more than 1,800 hours at the two houses they sponsored. This year marks the second consecutive year that Toyota will double its impact on our Home Ownership Program with two fully sponsored houses on Woodruff Lane in Ypsilanti. We are most grateful for Toyota and their continued support!

Our Robert L. Whitacre Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes individuals whose spirit and dedication to Habitat’s mission matches that of Bob Whitacre. Bob Whitacre was a key volunteer for Habitat, volunteering many 60-hour weeks and building 23 homes with us. This award honors men and women who cary on Bob’s legacy through their dedication to Habitat.

This year, we honored Don Redding with the award, who has been volunteering with and supporting Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley for 8 years. Don has played an instrumental role in obtaining roughly $20,000 in renovation funding and more than 200 volunteers for the House of Faith each year, which is a collective group of four area churches.

Don has continuously worked many volunteer hours to rally his friends, former co-workers and area congregations through Habitat presentations and outreach. This year alone, Don has engaged four new churches and secured $8,000 in funding from faith organizations. We are most grateful for Don Redding and your continued love of the Habitat mission!

Mother-Daughter duo receive new roof in time for Mother’s Day

Thanks to funding from Habitat Michigan in conjunction with Consumers Energy and MSHDA, and the quality work of GoTo Roofing, Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley was able to replace the roof of a multi-generation family home in Superior Charter Township.

Pauline purchased her Superior Charter Township home in 1989. She paid off her 30-year mortgage in just 11 years and raised her three children, including Nita, in the family home. The house has always been home to many generations, including Pauline’s mother Dotty, who moved into an addition built in 1992. But, maintaining an aging house can be expensive, and Pauline was never able to replace her deteriorating roof.

Nita and Pauline both described their new roof as beautiful. The roof was one part of many home repairs currently being undertaken in an effort to get the home in good shape to allow Nita to move back into her childhood home with her mother.

“Habitat has helped us to move forward,” Nita said. “We just wanted to get home so bad.”

Nita said the house always makes her think of dogs and gardening. When she was a child, the house was home to various critters—cats, dogs, and birds—and she often gardened with Pauline in the backyard. She and her mother smiled while recalling Pauline’s consistent, but simple gardening advice to “Put it in the ground and see what happens!”