The Good News Group in Partnership with Habitat for Humanity, 2020

Our mission is to enable home ownership for Washtenaw County families who would otherwise not have this opportunity. We do this by participating with 12 other local congregations as the Good News Group, which partners with Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley (HHHV). 

The need for affordable 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.  

Since 1997, we have partnered with other congregations to provide homes for 34 families, which have included more than 67 children.  And, we know that the Habitat program works.  Of the more than 200 families served in Washtenaw County in the last 30 years, 97% of the homes are still well-maintained and occupied by the original homeowners!

Please donate to help purchase materials

This year we will have the opportunity to sponsor two homes, due to a one-time partnership with Thrivent Financial.  They have pledged to provide 50% of the costs needed for HHHVs renovation of these homes as a challenge to the Good News Group to raise the additional 50% which will be needed.  Within our church, we will be trying to raise $10,000 before the end of our build season in September.  For more information, please visit our new website at https://www.h4h.org/goodnewsgroup.

Your check may be made out to FUMC with “Habitat for Humanity” in the memo and mail to the church, or you may donate online.

FUMC Ann Arbor 2020 Workdays:

Traditionally, our build season starts in May and ends in August, but Covid 19 has required a much later start this year.  Because of the need to provide sufficient social distancing to protect our construction volunteers, future homeowners and HHHV staff on site, fewer volunteers will be able to work on site.  Also due to the risk of virus transmission, we will not be able to provide lunch and beverages for our volunteers this year. and all workers must wear masks at all times.  The work day is still 8:30-3:30, with a lunch break at 11:30.  No prior skills are needed!  Check out our workdays and sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090C4CAAAF28A4FD0-fumcaa.  Specific information, such as location of the house where you will be working, will be provided before your workday.

Get Involved

We respectfully request your prayers of support and your consideration of the ways you might help this year.  For more information, please contact Mark Wickham at 810-599-6164 or mwickham0411@gmail.com ;  Donna Wegryn at 734-665-0061 or donna@zw2.com.

We look forward to your support!