Housing and Clothing

Alpha House (IHN)

Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) is a consortium of over 30 local churches of various denominations that volunteer to serve the needs of families living at Alpha House family homeless shelter. Each church serves on a rotating basis, a week at a time. FUMC serves three times a year. Hosting requires that volunteers provide a hot meal each evening, be on hand to serve dinner and eat with the families, and clean up after dinner. In addition, activity volunteers play with the children after dinner which provides time for the parents to do their own chores or attend required meetings. In addition, churches provide food for lunches and supplies needed during their host week. During COVID, FUMC has continued our commitment to the homeless families by delivering meals daily and providing supplies during our Host Weeks, although health precautions have made it inadvisable to visit the families in person.

Contact: Beth Lipton at turboteach@aol.com.

*Family friendly, youth volunteers welcome

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.

The build season is usually May-August. This means that the fundraising and volunteer recruitment is usually begins in late April.

Contact: Mark Wickham at mwickham0411@gmail.com.

HOUSE by the SIDE of the ROAD

House by the Side of the Road gives out FREE clothing, bedding and small household items to individuals and families in need. We have an Elegant Tea fund-raiser in May, a Dinner/Gala at Weber’s in October with a Silent Auction, and an Annual Appeal letter in order to raise funds for our operations. We are open 5 days a week (M-F from 10-2) and one Saturday a month. We need volunteers and donations all year round. We accept financial donations at any time.

Contact: Mary Danforth at m19danforth44@gmail.com.

Religious Action for Affordable Housing (RAAH)

The Religious Action for Affordable Housing (RAAH) is a formal coalition of religious congregations, individuals, and nonprofit housing organizations that began in 1999. Its mission is to work for a sustainable increase in permanently affordable housing for rent and purchase in Washtenaw County, especially for families of greatest need. RAAH works collaboratively with existing nonprofit affordable housing organizations, such as Avalon Housing, SOS Community Services, and Michigan Ability Partners.

Contact: Josh Warn at joshwarn@mac.com.