Habitat for Humanity

Spring has finally arrived, and we’re preparing for the 2017 build season of Habitat for Humanity!

Our congregation will again join with 17 other congregations who comprise the Good News Houses Group. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley (HHHV) we will work together to renovate houses at 1509 and 1513 Harvest Lane in Superior Township. With your support, two more families will be able to realize their dreams of home ownership!

Bob Whitacre led our church’s outreach with Habitat for Humanity for most of the time since 1997 – working tirelessly until he was no longer able to do so.  As many of you know, he passed away this year, but we hope to keep his legacy alive by our continuing commitment.  In honor of his selfless contributions over the years, Huron Valley Habitat for Humanity will be designating one of the two houses we will be renovating this year as the Bob Whitacre House.  And as a living legacy, a tree will be planted there in gratitude.

Here at FUMC of Ann Arbor, we will strive to raise $16,000 to cover our share of the building costs, and we will be responsible for providing construction volunteers and lunches for at least six days during the 12-week build season, June – August. Our congregation members received information by mail on how to help with this year’s build. Folks will also be present at Connections and Lemonade on the Lawn to provide additional information.

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

FUMC Ann Arbor 2017 Workdays:
Saturday, June 3
Friday, June 16
Friday, June 30
Saturday, July 8
Saturday, July 22
Saturday, August 5

Ready to sign up? Or do you have questions? Contact Donna Wegryn (donna@zw2.com or 734-665-0061), or Mark Wickham (mwickham0411@gmail.com or 810-599-6164).

Check out our website, goodnewshouse.org, for additional information – including pictures of last year’s volunteers!

We look forward to your support!

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Project Background:

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley is a non-profit organization, working in partnership with low-income families in Washtenaw County, to build affordable homes.  Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families.  The houses are then sold to partner families at no profit with affordable, no-interest loans.  The homeowner’s monthly mortgage payments are used to help build still more Habitat houses.

Habitat is not a give-away program.  In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor – sweat equity- into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.

More information is available at the Good News Habitat House website: www.goodnewshouse.org

Outreach Project Purpose:

Our church has been involved in local building efforts, cooperating with other churches in a joint venture to build the Good News Habitat House each year in the greater Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area since 1997.  FUMC’s goal is to raise $15,000/yr. and recruit 200 volunteers to work on the annual Good News Habitat house.

Volunteer Needs

Worksite construction assistance (no building skills required) in the following areas: General construction, Decking, Electrical, Windows, Framing, Insulation, Roofing, Siding, Painting, Trim work, Finishing, Doors, Landscaping, Clean-up.

Volunteer sign-up seeks 200 volunteers, recruiting March – May for June-August workdays

Other volunteer opportunities:

  • Prepare and contribute a lunch or snack for construction workers
  • Pick up or deliver food to the site
  • Pray for the workers, homeowner family, and Habitat for Humanity

Donations are always appreciated to offset the cost of construction materials! 

Project Contact: Donna Wegryn