|Habitat for Humanity Outreach|
Our 2013 Habitat for Humanity "Good News House" Projects Begin May 16th
Time again for a real hands-on social justice ministry to our community! Each year since 2000, our congregation has played a very active role in a partnership with 18 area congregations, the "Good News House Group".
We raise funds and provide on site volunteers for local Habitat for Humanity home renovations to help provide affordable housing for families in our community.
This year we will again be working in the Nancy Park neighborhood of Ypsilanti to renovate 2 homes. We will work along with the families who are purchasing the homes, the Kinard family and the Conner family.
2013 Projects -- How Can YOU Help?
It's FUN and rewarding and you may learn new skills. You can lend your hands by working on site, making lunches for workers on UU work days and donating money for renovation costs. Last year's UU financial contribution was over $7600. THANK YOU generous UUs! This year's goal is $7000. Let's over-achieve again!
No special skills are required to work on the houses. You must be 16 or older to work at the site. Over the last 14 years we have helped 21 families with a combined 57 children own homes in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.
Since 2009 we have renovated foreclosed homes rather than building new homes, helping to stabilize neighborhoods and rebuild communities. The two renovated 2012 homes are on Clarita Street in the Nancy Park neighborhood in Ypsilanti. This neighborhood has been a focus for Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley's neighborhood revitalization efforts. There are now 20 families in Habitat for Humanity homes in Nancy Park. Learn more on the HHHV web site.
Please join us in this important community outreach.
Information for Workers --------------------------------------------------------------
This year work days will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from May 16th thru the first week of August. Work hours are usually 8 am - 4 pm with lunches provided by volunteers. [Lunch makers - please arrive at 11:45 am]
UUAA is signed up to provide a full crew of volunteers on the following days:
May 17th (Friday)
When you work on the sites, you must sign in when you get there. You will get all of the information you need from the construction manager.
You should receive an email reminder before your work date. Please do show up on time to get instructions. Others are counting on you!
Interactive map to the homes:
What does a work day look like? View slide shows of 2012 Work Days-- THANKS AWESOME VOLUNTEERS!
July 10th, 2012 work on the Clarita Street homes - Cabinets, cement, flooring, shelving, bathroom fixtures... lots of work done with a super group from UUAA, Dixboro United Methodist Church and First United Methodist, Ypsilanti:
Want to learn more about why this is such an important outreach project? Watch this 2012 video from Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley. It features some Good News House families!
Why rehab instead of new construction?...
Rehabbing existing homes provides an opportunity to take the negative situation in our housing market into a positive for our community. In addition to serving twice as many families for the same amount of money, rehabbing: preserves existing resources; builds up existing neighborhoods; keeps houses from sitting vacant and deteriorating surrounding home values.
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:
Please stop by the Habitat for Humanity table in the Social Hall, during Social Hour May thru July to learn more! The table provides information and receives your contributions.
Thank you for all of your help!