Good News Group

In Partnership With Habitat for Humanity


Through Good News Group (GNG) in association with Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley (HHHV), First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor carries out a mission to enable home ownership for families who would otherwise not have this opportunity.

The need for affordable energy efficient housing in our community is critical, and home ownership provides a lot more than four walls and a roof as protection from the elements. It also contributes to physical health, safety and security, financial stability, increased success in school and an increased ability to reach out for new opportunities. In short, it helps to break the cycle of poverty for families. We know that the Habitat program works. Of the more than 200 families served in Washtenaw County by HHHV in the last 30 years, 97 percent of the homes are still well-maintained and occupied by the original homeowners.


FUMC AA member, Bob Whitacre, founded Good News Group (GNG) in 1997. GNG is now a partnership of 14 congregations. Each congregation provides a member to theGNG steering committee. The steering committee works with Habitat of Huron Valley (HHHV) to determine the house and build schedule. GNG organizes the volunteer construction teams that build the house. Initially, GNG built a single house from scratch each year. In 2009, GNG and HHHV switched to renovating homes instead of building from scratch. Since 1997, GHN has provided homes for 36 families, which have included more than 70 children.

Ways You Can Help

We respectfully request your prayerful consideration of the ways you might support this effort and we would like to thank

you for doing so.

  • Be a construction volunteer. Must be at least 18 (or 16 with accompanying adult. Learn more.
  • Be a member of the Lunch Crew. Work with other team members to obtain/prepare/deliver food to the work site (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.). Learn more.
  • Be a short notice volunteer where you are willing to take last minute (1 or 2 days prior) requests to work at a site.
  • Be part of the FUMC GNG Team by helping at the volunteer sign up table or with other organizational tasks.
  • Contribute to the church’s $10,000 pledge for construction materials and downpayment support.
    • This can be done by: writing a check payable to FUMC-AA (with habitat on the memo line), put in the offering or online here.

No matter how you decide to support GNG either physically or financially, please pray for the safety of the workers, the dedication of the HHHV staff, and the lives of the current and future Habitat homeowners.

2023 House

The 2023 Good News Group will be 1120 Studebaker Ave., Ypsilanti. It’s a 3-bedroom, 1-bath, 1,008-square-foot ranch with a basement in the West Willow Neighborhood.

Good News Group did some demolition and yard work at this house in 2022.

Most demolition should be complete by June 3rd. At this time, rough construction of exterior and interior will be the focus for the Good News Group teams.

Parking is extremely challenging at this site, due to a narrow roadway. You may have to park away from the house and walk a bit.

FUMC AA Build Days

FUMC AA have committed to provide construction volunteers and lunch crews on the following dates

  • Sat, Jun 3: 4-5 workers, 2-3 lunch crew & will be working with Bethel AME of Ann Arbor at the Studebaker house
  • Sat, July 8: 6-8 workers, 2-3 lunch crew at another Habitat house
  • Sat, July 29, 6-8 workers, 2-3 lunch crew at another Habitat house
  • Sat, Aug 19, 8-10 workers, 2-3 lunch crew at Studebaker house
  • Sat, Sept 23, 4-5 workers, 2-3 lunch crew & will be working with St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at the Studebaker house


From May through August, there will be a Good News Group table at Connections after Sunday service where you can get questions answered and/or sign-up to be a volunteer construction worker or lunch crew member. You can also contact Mark Wickham or call at 810-599-6164.

Links & Members

Good News Group

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley

Please note that any donations made through the links above will not apply to FUMC’s pledge. You can make an online donation to FUMC here. To give to Habitat, replace 2023 Operations with Habitat for Humanity.

Other Good News Group Members

  • Bethel African Methodist Church
  • Chelsea Church of the Nazarene
  • Chelsea First United Methodist Church
  • Cherry Hill United Methodist Church
  • Dexter United Methodist Church
  • Dixboro United Methodist Church
  • First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor
  • First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor
  • First United Methodist Church – Brighton/Whitmore Lake
  • First United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti
  • Manchester United Methodist Church
  • Marble Memorial United Methodist Church
  • St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
  • West Side United Methodist Church