GOOD NEWS 2020 PROJECT UPDATE

Thank you, thank you to our hands on workers and financial donors who have helped us help Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley (HHHV) keep home renovations projects going during this difficult year! Our group of Good News congregations has been the mainstay of volunteers for this year's homes that got behind schedule during the total shutdowns in the Spring.

NEW WORK DAYS were added to finish up the 2020 Good News House, and pitch in with the other HHHV homes-- some are almost finished now and ready for families!

We have volunteered to get crews of 5- 6 workers on

SATURDAY, OCT 17th and

FRIDAY, NOV 6th

As before, you can SIGN UP USING SIGNUP GENIUS:

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Before signing up to volunteer...

PLEASE READ THESE COVID SAFETY GUIDELINES

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley wants to make sure that all volunteers are in a safe environment.

Note that as part of the safety guidelines are not providing lunches to volunteers this year. Volunteers need to bring their own work gloves, mask (you must wear a mask on site), lunch and water. You are welcome to bring your own tools if you would like to. If you need help getting a mask or gloves, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

We also always welcome additional monetary contributions that help pay for building materials and contracted work (Be sure to check the "Habitat for Humanity" box in the donation form):    

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THANK YOU to many UU supporters who are helping to pay for this year's renovations. In this unusual year, we are so very grateful to say that we have reached our initial $7000 goal. And of course, every extra dollar we collect helps Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley projects in our community and also overseas, if you would like to contribute! 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.)

 

Thank you for your continued 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.

 


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We are very happy to know that Yvette Daniels is the future owner of this year's Good News House. You can read all about her in this biography she provided to Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley. We look forward to working with her on her future home. All Habitat volunteers and donors will be invited to attend her home dedication in 2021.

 


On August 21st we had a virtual kick-off for our 2020 Good News House at 1622 Wiard Blvd in Ypsilanti (see map). This video is the live capture of the virtual kick-off (includes a tour of the house and words from a couple of UUAA Habitat volunteers).

 

 


Our 2020 Good News House

This year's home is at 1622 Wiard Blvd in Ypsilanti (see map). Most of our initial work on the house was demolition, so it looks much worse now!

We are sad to report that the single mom who had selected this house to purchase had to leave the Habitat program when her job was cut back to half time due to the current economic situation. She hopes to return to full time work and rejoin the Habitat program in the future. We will post the information if a new family selects this house.

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womenbuild All Women Build activities were postponed until fall and are behind schedule.  The unexpected Covid-19 slow down meant that all projects were delayed and most volunteer groups asked to wait. The Women's Build house is progressing, however.

We hope that UUAA will be able to participate in 2021 in the annual Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley WOMEN BUILD project. Learn about the house, family and current status on the HHHV website.

 


Annual Good News Build

Our interfaith group of 14 area congregations, the "Good News Group" has been working together since 1997 and has helped 34 families (with over 66 children!) move into affordable, very 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 built and renovated in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area.

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. .

caulking the doorWe hope 2019 site workers will join us again in 2020... We are sad to say that lunch makers are on furlough this year as part of the COVID-19 safety precautions. Site workers need to bring their own lunch and water.

We work from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM on Fridays and Saturdays

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.
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!

This year, volunteers should bring your own mask, work gloves, eye protection, water bottle, and lunch.

 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. We might even get to do some demolition at the beginning of the 2020 projects.

 

Our 2019 Good News Family

The 2019 Good News House is now the home for the Ellsworth family! Chris and Jamie were out working on the house last summer so we did get to work alongside them. You can read about them in their Habitat Poster.

Their home was dedicated on Saturday, January 11th, with many Good News volunteers there to help them celebrate their new home. After several delays (including pandemic!) the Ellsworths moved (with their new baby in the blanket!) into their home in May, 2020.

 

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Their house is a 2 story home in Ypsilanti. Our congregation raised over $9000 to help pay for the building materials and professional labor. We were the first volunteer group to work on the house May 18th, 2019 when it looked like this:

 

HouseDay1MarkupWebOur 2019 Good News Home is at 2716 Woodruff in Ypsilanti-- Volunteer DAY #1.

By the end of our volunteer work in August, the house had turned into a beautiful new 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.

 

Some of our wonderful 2018 volunteers...Workday COLLAGE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Good News Homes - the Numbers

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

1- Good News homes renovated in 2019

1-  Of 1 homes received 5 Star/5 Star+ Energy Star Rating in 2019

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

2- Good News Homes to be renovated in 2020

34- Total Good News Homes built/renovated thru 2019

66- Children who have moved into Good News homes

100%-  Habitat families have an income

250- 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!