Habitat Headlines
January 9, 2018
Macomb Habitat Homeowner Applications NOW OPEN!
We are kicking off 2018 with open applications for our homeowner program. Our houses available are primarily located in Warren, and we will have a couple options in Clinton Township mid-year. Seven homeowner partners will be selected from those that apply.

Meeting the Family Selection Criteria enables you to submit an application to our program and in no way ensures your acceptance into our program.

Criteria:
1. Ability to Pay – legal verifiable income that falls within income range (see chart below).
2. Need – proof of living in some type of substandard housing (see housing need assessment form enclosed in the homeowner application).
3. Willingness to Partner – each adult in the home must complete a minimum of 250 volunteer hours, and save a $1,000 down payment over the course of the homeowner program.
4. We are now offering only “low interest” mortgages and a credit score of 600 or higher is now required to qualify for application. A credit score of 640 or higher will be required to close on a home. Not sure what your credit score is? Check it on Credit Karma for free!

For a full list of criteria, click on the Family Selection Criteria link below:
Ability to Pay Guidelines:
If you meet ALL criteria, proceed with the Homeowner Application below.

Questions? Contact Marnie Wettlaufer in our Family Services Department for more information at 586.263.1540 x104 or email mwettlaufer@macombhabitat.org.
Upcoming Events
Don't miss out on these exciting events! Save the date or RSVP now!
Wednesday, March 7 | Noon
Home Sweet Home Women's Luncheon
Shelby Gardens, Shelby Township
No cost to attend, however donations will be solicited and appreciated!
Speaker lineup:
Ann Duke - Hour Media Custom Publishing
Nancy Faught - Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc. 
April Chatman - Habitat Family Partner
Emcee - Ursula Warren, Consumers Energy

Generously sponsored by:
Thursday, May 24 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
CEO Build
Location - TBA
Join other top executives from Macomb County and Habitat for Humanity to give a hardworking family the opportunity to purchase a home in Macomb County. 
Executives will build on Thursday, May 24 as volunteers on a construction site.
Cost: $2,500 per executive (includes high corporate visibility)
Contact us for more information!
Save the date!
Friday, March 23 | 6 p.m.
Euchre Tournament
Proceeds will benefit Macomb Habitat
American Lutheran Church, Clinton Township
Cost: $20 per person
RSVP via email to: amluth@sbcglobal.net
Friday, June 8 | 10 a.m. shotgun
Home-in-One Golf Classic
Greystone Golf Club, Washington
Individual Golfer: $150
Group of Four: $500
Early Bird Special if paid by Friday, March 16
Individual: $125 | Group of Four: $450
Click here for more information!
For event sponsorship information, contact Briana Koehn at bkoehn@macombhabitat.org or call 586.263.1540 x119 for more information!
Blog: 25 Years for our Affiliate and we are Rolling out the Fun!
I’m always excited during the month of January as we create our yearly goals. We are rested, refreshed, and eager, so the goals are easy to embrace and amazingly clear.

But this year, this 25th year of operation, I am “over the top” with anticipation and excitement! The plans our Board of Directors and staff have for this affiliate are breathtaking and bold.
In The News...
Macomb Habitat seeks veterans or grieving spouse to partner for new home
Attention, military personnel!
Macomb County Habitat for Humanity is looking for a veteran or a widow/widower of a veteran looking for a new home.
Detroit Lions help get family into new home for the holidays
Thanks to Warrick Dunn Charities, Macomb County Habitat for Humanity and the Detroit Lions, this single parent household gets a new start to its life.
Woman overwhelmed by refurbished Warren Habitat home on move-in day
A teenage boy’s decision protect his friend from bullies set off a turn of events that led to him, his mother and four siblings receiving one of the best Christmas gifts anyone could receive -- a home.

The 17-year-old’s mother, April Chatman, wept in joy as she toured the house Saturday amid a crowd of welcomers.
Habitat for Humanity's new executive board looks to expand efforts in Macomb County
January not only marks the start of a new year and the 25th anniversary of Macomb County Habitat for Humanity, but a new executive board of directors.
ReStore Volunteers Needed
Start the New Year by giving back to the community with volunteer time at either of our ReStores. Both the Warren location (23211 Van Dyke) and the Shelby Twp. location (46660 Van Dyke) can use volunteers anytime they are open, Tuesday-Friday (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.) or Saturday (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.), to help with customers, organize stock on the floor, check-in donations and other such chores based on your interests and abilities. Pick a day a week or an afternoon or other time period of four hours or more, and give it a try. All you need to do is fill out a volunteer insurance waiver and the staff can orient you to the projects of the day. A regular flow of volunteers eases the load on our staff, and helps ensure this important flow of funds to our affiliate continues. Don’t just hibernate this winter – get out and meet people while assisting Macomb Habitat!
Volunteer Spotlight
Dave van Blaricum is a regular volunteer at our Shelby Township ReStore. First invited to see the store by his friend, Shawn Maynard, Dave has volunteered around his work schedule to be in the ReStore on most Saturdays and other days since the store opened last May. Dave really enjoys helping customers discover items they are looking for and discussing ways they can customize items for their own home. Dave has saved a lot of money adding furniture and other items to his own home in Rochester Hills, some spotted as he has helped donors unload their donations. He has found the staff easy to work with, and looks forward to more time lending a hand.
Thanks, Dave!
Built With Love Scentsy Warmer
Order the Built With Love Scentsy Warmer through Ellen Johnson and support Macomb Habitat! 

Details: Order this warmer for $45 and Ellen will donate $5 to Macomb Habitat for each purchase in addition to the charitable donation Scentsy is already contributing to Habitat for Humanity International. 
Construction Slow This Season
The snow and cold weather limits our ability to do exterior work on our homes, so there will be scattered volunteer days in our two rehabs in Warren or construction projects inside our Shelby Twp. ReStore in the next two months. Stay tuned for changes and updates on our Volunteer Hub!
Time to Plan Summer Travel with Habitat!
Care to take your Habitat interest to another country? Thrivent Builds Worldwide coordinates volunteer trips around the world, and Dave Tirsell is leading teams of 12 volunteers this year to Romania June 15-23 and the Dominican Republic Aug. 25-Sept. 2nd. Dave has built with Habitat in 14 countries over 16 trips. Fees for the trips (Romania - $845 for Thrivent members / $1345 for non-members; and Dominican Republic - $1050/$1400) covers all land costs – transportation, meals, lodging, cultural activities plus funds for the affiliate there to build. A deposit of $350 holds your spot on the team, the rest due six weeks before the trip. Team members assist the local construction team and masons on the next task to build the home, no experience necessary. Best for ages 18 and up. Airfare is extra. These are all great opportunities to discover another culture while physically helping a family build their home. Interested? Contact Dave at dctirsell2102@yahoo.com to express your interest and talk through your questions. 
Winter Tip: Taking salt out of your home diet
Making choices on keeping safe in winter snowy weather at home? Consider switching to calcium chloride or magnesium chloride mixtures to help melt the ice on your driveway and sidewalks after you shovel. A little bit goes a long way, as the mixtures work at lower temperatures, so you don’t have to load up the surface heavily to make a difference. Rock salt is cheaper but is the enemy of concrete – speeding cracks and surface spalling – and of plants, shrubs and lawns – killing them off quickly as it seeps into the soil. And salt is a big problem in the Great Lakes as it washes into the storm drains and goes to the nearest river and stream heading to Lake St. Clair. 
Wish List
At Macomb County Habitat for Humanity, we are always accepting donations! Here are the top 5 items on our Wish List:
  1. Working condition snow blower for our Shelby Township ReStore
  2. Working condition Hi-Lo/Forklift for our Shelby Township ReStore
  3. Couches/Furniture donations for our ReStores
  4. Gas Stoves for our ReStores
  5. Cash donations