Congratulations to our Habitat partner family Lea Glaze and her son! Their home was dedicated 10/2917.

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Our 2017 Habitat for Humanity 'Good News' Homes

A huge THANK YOU to all of the volunteers and financial contributors who made our 2017 build season a big success this year! UUAA actually exceeded our financial goal this year and we also had a lot of enthusiastic volunteers pitching in to work on the houses and to make lunches to bring to the workers. Good work, everyone! Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley put together an Impact Report that you may want to read and pat yourselves on the back for contributing to this very effective community outreach.

Our 2017 homes are both located on Harvest Lane in Ypsilanti. They are the 30th and 31st houses sponsored by the Good News Group!

Our 30th house was dedicated as "The Whitacre House" in honor of the Good News founder, Bob Whitacre, who passed away in February, 2017. A special tree was planted as part of the home dedication on October 29, 2017.

 

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Meet our 2017 partner family

Lea Glaze grew up in Ann Arbor and went to Pioneer High School. She is a preschool teacher and is also a student at the Center for Guided Montessori Studies.  Lea has a 13 year-old son Jalen who loves basketball and is looking forward to putting up a basketball hoop in the driveway.

Lea says, "As a single mother, home ownership wasn’t an option until now. I am happy for Jalen to have a neighborhood where he can make friends and call it his own. In a few years when he leaves for college, he will have a house to return to. We’re almost home…"

 

 

 

 

A few of the many UU's who were caught in the act of improving the world this summer:

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The "Before" photos for our 2017 homes on Harvest Lane in Ypsilanti

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And "After"-- almost finished, August 2017

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What is it like to work on site? View the slide show below of our July 23, 2016 work day, working along with homeowner of 1476 Blossom, Kevin Platte and with Manchester UMC and First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor.

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all generous UU's who have given financial and hands-on work site contributions to this amazingly effective and rewarding community outreach since our involvement began in 2000.

Our interfaith group of 17 congregations, the "Good News" group has been working together since 1997 and has helped 29 families (64 children) move into affordable, energy efficient housing. We help families, neighborhoods and the environment-- and we laugh and have fun doing it.

 Click on this link to view a map of the homes we have build and renovated in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area.

Since 2009 we have renovated foreclosed homes rather than building new homes, saving resources and helping to stabilize neighborhoods and rebuild communities. A win, win, win situation.

Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley has been focusing on neighborhood revitalization efforts. Learn more on the HHHV web site.

 

 

GOOD NEWS HOMES - By the Numbers

1997- Year of GNH group's founding (originally United Methodist Churches - UUAA joined in 2000)

2- Good News homes renovated in 2017

2-  Of 2 homes received 5 Star/5 Star+ Energy Star Rating in 2017

25- Total Good News homes with 5/5+ Star Energy Star Rating (all homes since 2005)

2- Good News Homes to be renovated in 2018

31- Total Good News Homes built/renovated thru 2016

64- Children who have moved into Good News homes

100%-  Habitat families have an income

0%-    Interest rate on Habitat mortgages

200- Hours of “sweat equity” each homeowner invests

>1200- Recorded GNH site work volunteer hours each summer

 

 

 Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization whose mission is to provide decent, affordable housing for people in need. Homeowner families are carefully selected based on income and other guidelines. The families are required to contribute hundreds of hours of “sweat equity” to their homes or other Habitat projects and they are required to attend classes on home repair and managing finances.

For more information follow these links:

Good News House web site (carries the most current information when a build is in progress)

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley.

Habitat for Humanity International.

Please stop by the Habitat for Humanity table during Social Hour May thru August to learn more! The table has a lot of good information and you can make a donation to the building costs or sign up to work on a house.

Thank you for all of your help!