Habitat for Humanity

This congregation supports many wonderful ways to help us individually and collectively to know God, love others and serve the world. One of these is the local mission to enable home ownership for families who would otherwise not have this opportunity by supporting Habitat for Humanity through our participation in the Good News Houses group.

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 31 families, which have included more than 65 children. And, we know that the Habitat program works. Of the 200 families served in Washtenaw County in the last 25 years, 97% of the homes are still well-maintained and occupied by the original homeowners!

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 last year. In honor of his selfless contributions over the years, Huron Valley Habitat for Humanity designated our 30th Good News home as the Bob Whitacre House and planted a redbud tree as a living legacy to him.  It’s now in bloom and looks lovely!

Our congregation is the largest of the 17 local congregations (see reverse side) which comprise the Good News House Group. Therefore, we have a responsibility to provide the largest number of volunteers and the biggest share of the money needed for construction materials. Specifically, our share of the effort to rehab two homes this summer will be to provide construction volunteers and lunches for six days of the twelve-week renovation schedule and for $16,000 of the $80,000 needed to renovate the two houses.

These are big goals, but we respectfully request your prayerful consideration of the enclosed materials and what you can do to help meet them our goals. On behalf of the Good News Houses Habitat Committee, we would like to thank you for doing so. A commitment form is included.
We hope to hear from you soon!

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 2018 Workdays:

Saturday, June 2 – Full Crew (8-10 volunteers)
Friday, June 22 – Half Crew (4-5 volunteers)
Friday, July 6 – Full Crew (8-10 volunteers)
Saturday, July 7 – Half Crew (4-5 volunteers)
Saturday, August 11 – Half Crew (4-5 volunteers)
Saturday, August 18 – Full Crew (8-10 volunteers)

Work days are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. No building skills required.
Tools provided, but you can bring your own.
3-6 Lunch crew members bring lunch to the worksite, and help set up and clean up afterward (generally from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

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!


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