2021 UUAA Habitat for Humanity Projects

UUAA is part of an interfaith group of 13 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 35 families (with over 66 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.

donate buttonAnd of course, we always need your donations to help pay for these community outreach programs. Use the Donate button to make an online donation (be sure to select "Habitat for Humanity" in the dropdown selection list).

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley was able to continue working on homes last year with COVID-19 safety precautions in place. These precautions are still working well and will probably remain during the 2021 season.

This year UUAA is helping out with three local Habitat projects--

 


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Our 2021 Good News Home Renovation 

We are again joining our Good News partner congregations and HHHV for UUAA's 22nd year of helping renovate a "Good News House".

 

The 2021 Good News Home is at 530 Browning in Ypsilanti.

The homeowners for the Browning House will be Kim Arnold and her two daughters, Violet and Sadie.

 

Download the Arnold Family Information

Download the 2021 flyer

Download the Covid Safety Precautions

Directions to the house...

 

 

 Sign up to work on this year's house using this sign up link:

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If you have not done so this year, you also need to submit the electronic HHHV Volunteer waiver using this link.

All volunteers must complete a volunteer waiver once each year.
[If you cannot access the electronic waiver, you can download  print and sign this adult waiver and bring it on your volunteer day.]

 

We will be sending UUAA crews:

8:30 AM – 3:30 PM 

Saturday, June 5th

Friday, June 18th

Saturday, July 10th

Friday, Aug 6th

 

Additional dates may be added as the season moves along, so please keep checking if you need a different date.

Due to the Covid19 precautions, we will not be signing up lunch volunteers again this year.

COVID-19 Info: The pandemic safety precautions are still in place. Volunteers should bring your own mask, work gloves, eye protection, water bottle, and lunch. Volunteers will take a COVID-19 screening survey on site. The crews are smaller than in the past to allow safe distancing, and there is usually outdoor work available if you prefer not to work indoors.

Site workers 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 blueboard, cabinets, shelving, fixtures, lighting, painting, landscaping and other related work. 

 Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


bugonflower Appleridge Spring Clean-up Day

On Saturday, April 24th, 14 UUAA volunteers joined homeowners in the Appleridge neighborhood in Ypsilanti to help with gardens, gutters, fences and general cleanup. The Appleridge neighborhood has several homes renovated recently by Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley, but these projects worked with longtime homeowners who needed a bit of help to make improvements. Use this link to learn about HHHV's Home Improvement programs.

A new garden for Cherise repairing a fence  installing gutter guards

 

 


Women Build 2021 Banner Women Build 2021

In April we sent a small but mighty crew of UUAA women to work on the 2021 Women Build HHHV home.

 

 Volunteers for Women Build

 


 THANK YOU to many UU supporters who helped to pay for the 2020 home renovations. In this unusual year, we are so very grateful to say that we  surpassed our $7000 goal. And of course, every extra dollar we collect helps Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley projects in our community, especially during the curent pandemic! Checks can be made out to UUAA (with "Habitat" in the memo line) and mailed to the church at 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd, Ann Arbor 48103-8739. Or you can make a credit card donation using the Donate button above. (Be sure to check the "Habitat for Humanity" box.)

 For over 20 years now, UUAA has provided strong support for this wonderful community outreach. If you would like to read more about Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley's work to help Habitat neighborhoods during COVID-19, follow this link.

To learn more about UUAA's involvement in Habitat for Humanity projects, you can watch this video.

 If you would like to find out more about our projects or how to volunteer read more on this page or, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


The 2020 Good News Home

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We are very happy to introduce you to Yvette Daniels, the owner of the 2020 Good News House. You can read all about her in this biography she provided to Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley.

 Photos of the 2020 work crews are available on the Good News website: www.h4h.org/goodnewsgroup.

The 2020 home is at 1622 Wiard Blvd in Ypsilanti (see map). Most of our initial work on the house was demolition, but the house quickly became a beautiful solid home.

 

 

 


 

 

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Good News House All-UU Work Crew on May 18, 2019 - click for more photos

 

You can visit the Good News Website for lots of photos and more information about this high-impact, multi-faith community outreach.

 

More Good News Project Information

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.

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.

 

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 contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions about our Habitat for Humanity partnership.

Thank you for all of your help!