Our 2017 Habitat for Humanity 'Good News' Homes

This summer is UUAA's 18th year working with the "Good News" group of 17 area congregations to renovate 2 Ypsilanti homes into well constructed, energy-efficient family homes. Please visit the Habitat for Humanity table in the social hall after Sunday services to sign up to help!


May 7th - Kick-off and Share the Collection Donations
June 2nd - Aug 27th - Renovations on our two Good News Homes


Our 2016 Homes Now Have Happy Families Living in Them

Thank you, thank you to everyone who provided helping hands to paint, nail, spray poison ivy or make delicious lunches! It was a great season of working side by side with 3 partner families (one for a 2015 home) and the other 16 area churches in the Good News Group.

 Melodie Tolbert's home on Blossom Avenue was dedicated September 11th. Melodie and her church choir sang a beautiful song of thanks at the dedication! Click here to read a thank you card from Melodie to the UUAA volunteers and donors.




The Platte family's dedication was held in September, 2016.



The Treadwell's home on Ivanhoe (2015 house that was dedicated in 2016) was dedicated July 28, 2016:



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.




And on July 8, 2016 we had a great crew of UUs along with Calvary United Methodist Church and the future homeowner of 1410 Blossom, Melodie Tolbert (and her Dad!). Lots of good work done and fun had by all.




On June 11, 2016 we worked with First United Methodist Ann Arbor to paint the garage and dig a trench for wiring at 1410 Blossom and to do some demolition at the 1476 Blossom site. Partner family members Kevin Platte and Melvin & Najma Treadwell worked on their "sweat equity" hours.


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 (with 64 total children) move into affordable, energy efficient housing. We help families, neighborhoods and the environment-- and we laugh and have fun doing it.

 Over the years we have helped 29 families with a combined 61 children own homes in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

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 2016

2-  Of 2 homes received 5 Star/5 Star+ Energy Star Rating in 2016

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

2- Good News Homes to be renovated in 2017

29- Total Good News Homes built/renovated thru 2016

64- Children who have lived in Good News homes

100%-  Habitat families have an income

0%-    Interest rate on Habitat mortgages

200- Hours of “sweat equity” each homeowner invests

>2000- 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” in their homes and other Habitat projects. You can read more about the Good News House on their web site.

Links to more information:

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.

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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!