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Millard Fuller

As Independence Day approaches, we celebrate the work of our country’s founding fathers. At Habitat for Humanity, we celebrate the work and mission of our founder, Millard Fuller, every day.

A common myth about Habitat for Humanity is that former President Jimmy Carter founded our organization. In actuality, former President Carter did not become involved with Habitat until almost a decade after it was founded.

  

Hi, I’m Jeanette and I am a certified housing counselor and financial coach at Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County H.O.P.E. Program.

Changing the world by one’s self is no easy task, but 13-year-old Grace did her part and handled it with ease.

Grace’s teacher at Wagar Junior High School in Carleton challenged her seventh-grade class to do something which would impact the world. To Grace, creating a global impact meant starting in her own home.

She decided she would raise money for local community organizations by appealing to her fellow students. Grace arranged it so that if students donated a dollar to her project, they wouldn’t have to wear their school uniforms for the day.

Habitat Monroe is a grassroots, volunteer-driven, community-lead organization. As with any similar non-profit organization, the numbers may not always be on our side but the quality certainly is here. Jennifer Hockenberger is Habitat Monroe’s newest employee and brings with her an enthusiasm and wealth of knowledge that will greatly contribute to the mission of Habitat.

Manheim's Detroit Auto Auction built on a new house on Woodland Beach with Habitat Monroe on two Saturdays in November. The hardy volunteers stuck it out through bitterly cold temperatures and came back to work in the rain the following week! They worked alongside Habitat staff on siding, installing windows, drywall, and caulking, among other important tasks. 

There are many misconceptions about Habitat for Humanity, including that it’s strictly a low-income program. The reality is that Habitat for Humanity can be for anyone who income qualifies. One of the biggest advantages of the program is its down payment assistance, which doesn’t require potential applicants to have 10 percent of a down payment already saved. 

On November 3, Spartan Steel Coating in Monroe held a Community Involvement Day. They chose Habitat Monroe as one of three project locations. The fourteen volunteers built on a new house on Woodland Beach (Monroe). They worked alongside Habitat staff to insulate and wrap the outside of the house and assisted with sheeting the roof, among other important tasks. 

Habitat for Humanity’s newest homeowner, Jamie Miller, is not unlike any other member of the community. She did not have extraordinary circumstances which lead her to applying for a Habitat home - she simply wanted to be a homeowner.

You're invited to see the inside of a complete Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County house. Come visit with staff to learn about new home construction and our homeownership program. Don't forget to pick up an application packet for yourself of a friend!

 

 

House Specifications:

3 Bedroom, 1 Bath                          1 Car Attached Garage

Wide Doors, Hallways                      Bathroom Wheelchair Radius

No Step Entrance                             Central Air Conditioning

Basic Alarm System (no fee)           Energy Star Certified

We'd like to introduce you to our new intern, Julia Wells. Julia is a senior at U of M Dearborn, majoring in Journalism. She's working with us on some events and communications this semester. 
 
In her first two weeks, Julia has already started in Instagram account for us and is spearheading a prayer service for World Habitat Day on October 2nd, among other things. We're thrilled to have her working with us for these couple of months.
 
If you see Julia in the office or out and about, please say hello and help her feel welcome. 

On August 26, volunteers with St Mary Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in Rockwood built on a new house on Detroit Beach (Monroe). The fourteen volunteers, including one of our long time regulars, worked alongside Habitat staff and a future homeowner to raise the garage walls, among other important tasks. 

In addition to sending hard working volunteers, the church is contributing funding to cover the costs of building materials for the day. By Adopting their Habitat build day, St Mary's met both of Habitat's biggest needs. 

During August, dozens of DTE employees volunteered with Habitat Monroe on our build sites. August is DTE's corporate month of caring. Groups worked on five separate days, volunteering their time and talents alongside our future homeowners to help build strength, stability, and self reliance through shelter. In addition to the volunteers, Habitat received funding through the DTE Foundation. 

Read more in the Monroe News article from Friday, August 25. 

Habitat HOPE will be offering a two-part educational program on homeownership. This series will prepare participants with valuable information about the home buying process that will help them navigate the technicalities of purchasing a home and avoid costly mistakes. Participants will also receive information on state and federal programs available to assist in purchasing a home.

 

The classes will be held on Wednesday, October 18 and Wednesday, October 25 from 5:30-8:30PM at the Habitat for Humanity office, 14930 LaPlaisance Road, Suite 111, Monroe, MI 48161

 

DMW volunteers on Habitat Monroe build site

On August 17, volunteers with Dearborn Mid-West Company built on a new house on Detroit Beach (Monroe). The nine volunteers worked alongside Habitat staff and a longtime regular volunteer to get the roof sheeted. 

In addition to sending hard working volunteers, DMW contributed funding to cover the costs of building materials for the day. By Adopting their Habitat build day, DMW met both of Habitat's biggest needs. 

Have you thought about applying for our Homeownership Program, but your income was just above our limits? If yes, then we have good news. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has recently announced new rates. More people will now qualify for our program. 

All over the world, people from all walks of life take a day off, find time after work or devote a weekend to making a difference. Maybe they volunteer with an organization close to their hearts or find ways to get involved with one that they don’t know much about.

Mary is a long-time resident of Bedford Township. She owned and paid off her home of over 30 years but when some unfortunate circumstances came her way, she ended up losing her home. Forced to find a place to live, the only thing she could do was rent a two-bedroom mobile home.  This provided many challenges as Mary is the foster parent to her three grandsons (ages 8-12) and as they grew, they quickly outgrew the space. In fact, DHS informed her that she could no longer have them all in the same room.
 

In light of the news regarding Habitat for Humanity of Detroit, we want to ensure our donors, volunteers, supporters, homebuyers, and future homebuyers that Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County and our ReStore remain in healthy condition. Each local affiliate (Monroe, Lenawee, Ann Arbor, Detroit, and 61 others in the state of Michigan) works with an independent board of directors, staff, and budget to provide simple, decent, and affordable housing solutions within their service area. ~ M. David Graves, President/CEO Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County

Monroe County Community college has partnered with the IRS to provide a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site for taxpayers who earn $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English speaking taxpayers. The site is located at the Career Technology Center at 1555 S. Raisinville Road. 

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