Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity

This congregation supports many wonderful missions and organizations to help us individually and collectively 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 33 families, which have included more than 65 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!

Our congregation is one of 16 local congregations (see reverse side) which comprise the Good News House Group. Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley determines the houses and workdays that this group will support each summer. There have been some changes this year because our church and others have experienced significant decreases in the amount of funds we’ve been able to raise: this year, Good News House will be supporting the renovation of one home rather than two, and FUMC AA will only have 3 workdays compared to 6 last year. For the family purchasing this home, however, it will still be a life-changing opportunity, as well as being a significant contribution to the community and our mission to help others as we are able.

We respectfully request your prayerful consideration of the ways you might support this effort, and on behalf of the Good News Houses Habitat Committee, we would like to thank you for doing so. We hope to hear from you soon!

Please donate 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 2019 Workdays:

Saturday, June 1 – Full Crew of 10 persons
Saturday, June 29 – Half Crew of 5 to work with 5 persons from FUMC of Ypsilanti
Friday, July 12 – Full Crew of 10 persons
JUST ADDED: Saturday, August 3 – Full Crew of 10 persons

Each work day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Lunch is provided at the site by volunteers. Water and porta-potty are available. Tools are supplied, but you are welcome to bring your own.

Our 2019 Worksite

The 2019 worksite is at 2716 Woodruff Lane, Ypsilanti. This is a few blocks east of Green Oaks Golf Course and north of E. Clark Rd.

Get Involved

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!

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