Habitat for Humanity Project

UUAA is part of an interfaith group of 16 area congregations, the “Good News Group” that has been working together since 1997 in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley. We have helped 38 families (with over 70 children!) move into affordable, very energy efficient housing, primarily in Ypsilanti neighborhoods. 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 built and renovated in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area.

Each summer UUAA sends about 30 volunteers to paint, hammer, do yard work and much more! And of course, we always need your donations to help pay for the materials for Habitat for Humanity homes. Use this Donate button to make an online donation (be sure to select “Habitat for Humanity” in the drop down selection list).

Good News House for 2024

The 2024 Good News House will be a NEW build from the ground up, on Firwood Street in Ypsilanti! This will be our first ground-up build in sixteen years! The GROUNDBREAKING ceremony took place on April 15th.

Want to volunteer to work on site?
Work days are Fridays and Saturdays June thru September from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, with lunch around 11:30 (you can help by volunteering to bring food for lunches!)

UUAA volunteer dates for 2024 are

  • Friday, May 31
  • Friday, July 19
  • Saturday, July 27

Interested in volunteering? Download or view the 2024 volunteer flyer.



The 2024 Good News House is located at 349 Firwood Street in Ypsilanti

Please park on the street near the house.

West Willow Neighborhood Beautification Day –

You are invited to volunteer for the May 18, 2024 Neighborhood Beautification Day in the West Willow Neighborhood of Ypsilanti, where many Habitat homes are located. Please download this flyer to learn more… Or sign up here.

The Good News Group Impact for 2023

Read or download the fact sheet that shows the wonderful Good News Group and Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley impact on our community in the year 2023.

Our 2023 Good News Home Renovation 

The 2023 Good News Home is located at 1120 Studebaker Ave in Ypsilanti. It was finally completed in April, 2024 and should have a family soon.

THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who worked on the site and provided lunches this year. An AMAZING amount of work was accomplished as these before and almost-after photos show.

The 2023 Good News House-- in sprint 2023 and on Sept 23, 2023!

Handy Information

All volunteers must complete a volunteer waiver once each year. This year there is a new online system that is easy to use. You will receive an email asking you to confirm your volunteer date. A checkbox on that page and an electronic signature quickly confirms the waiver for the year. Or you can download and print a paper waiver.

 Site workers should wear comfortable clothing and shoes that you don’t mind getting splashed with paint or mud or sawdust!

No special skills needed! You will be taught how to carry out tasks that are new to you.

All tools are provided. You can bring your own tools if you want, but please mark them to make sure they go home with you!

The site work can include installing insulation, installing windows, floor repair, wall repair, caulking, installing blue board, cabinets, shelving, fixtures, lighting, painting, landscaping and other related work. 

 Questions? Email habitat@uuaa.org .

To see photos of site work and read more about the Good News Group, go to the Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley Good News website.