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March 6, 2018
Upcoming Events
Don't miss out on these exciting events! Save the date or RSVP now!
Wednesday, March 7 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Home Sweet Home Women's Luncheon
Shelby Gardens, Shelby Township
No cost to attend, however donations will be accepted 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
There are ten seats available before this event is sold out! RSVP today!
Friday, March 23 | 7 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
Thursday, May 24 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
CEO Build
Location - Dakota High School
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 participant
Contact us for more information!
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
For event sponsorship information, contact Briana Koehn at bkoehn@macombhabitat.org or call 586.263.1540 x119 for more information!
Blog: What Does Spring Cleaning Mean to Me?
I’ve been told I look at things differently. I agree with that assessment, so when asked to comment on spring cleaning, I see this in three ways:
  1. As a faith-based person, I try to use the month leading up to Easter as a time to “throw out” my bad habits. 
  2. Spring cleaning also means getting rid of comfortable programs, committees, vendors, customs or actions that don’t work anymore. 
  3. Finally, spring cleaning means going through my drawers, closets, basement, attic, and garage to move items that are not being used to a place where they will be used. 
Direct Thrivent Choice Dollars by March 31!
Thrivent Financial benefit members accrue “Thrivent Choice” dollars based on insurance premiums, contract values and Thrivent volunteer leadership, which can be directed to churches, schools and other nonprofits of the donor’s choice. Eligible Thrivent Financial members who have available Choice Dollars® have until March 31, 2018, to direct them (otherwise, Thrivent decides where they go). Don’t miss this opportunity to recommend that Thrivent Financial provide outreach funding to Macomb County Habitat for Humanity. Call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt. Every little bit helps! 78 cents of every $1 raised goes directly to our programming as we help families in need of a hand up!
Volunteer Opportunities
Help in our ReStores - Have four hours in a week or month to help Macomb Habitat? Our ReStores can use your help organizing donations, helping customers, unloading or loading items from vehicles and other tasks that smooth the operations of our stores. Can fit your schedule, and can be anytime the stores are open - Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday: 10 a.m. -
5 p.m. Get out, meet new people and give back to the community. Stop by either store to get started!

Special Need Monday, March 12, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Shelby ReStore – A nearby building supply business is downsizing, and we need person power to load our truck at their warehouse, and to unload at our ReStore. Great chance to add to our inventory, but need your help. Please sign up on the Volunteer Hub. It helps if you sign up so we know how many are coming. Ages 16 and up.
In The News...
Habitat hosts women luncheon inspired by those who overcome life's major obstacles
Women who have overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges are the inspiration behind Macomb County Habitat for Humanity’s Home Sweet Home Women’s Luncheon at Shelby Gardens, March 7 at 12 p.m.
Macomb Habitat Homeowner Applications Open!
Applications for Macomb Habitat's homeowner program are open! The 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 Rob Johnson 586.263.1540 x105 or email
rjohnson@macombhabitat.org.
ReStore News
Introducing Senior Discount Day at our ReStores in Macomb County! Every Thursday - Shoppers ages 55+, enjoy 15% off your total purchase!
Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts
Spring cleaning? Our ReStores are in need of your donations! Our inventory is in need of the following items: bedroom sets, gas stoves, power tools, lawn & garden items, patio sets, gardening tools, lawn mowers, windows, bicycles, and home interiors (plates, cups, knick knacks, house plants, picture frames, decor, etc.)
We joined Instagram!
Follow our ReStores on social media
Donation Hotline: (586) 263-1540
We offer FREE pick up for Macomb County residents!

Two ReStore locations:
46660 Van Dyke, Shelby Township
23211 Van Dyke, Warren

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Meet our Volunteer of the Month!
Ben is a volunteer at our Warren Restore, he is currently in the last month of his internship program through Jewish Vocational Services. Ben has shown such resilience, discipline and hard work to truly further himself in life. He's very professional in everything he does, from answering the phones, to helping the staff keep the store clean and organized. Ben has truly come a long way developing his professional behavior and has truly captured the hearts of not only customers but our staff as well. We will truly miss Ben once his internship is up this March and we hope that he comes back to visit his Habitat family. Congratulations on being selected as our volunteer of the month
Time to Plan Summer Travel with Habitat!
Care to take your Habitat interest to another country? Dave Tirsell is leading teams of 12 volunteers each this year to Romania, June 15-23, and the Dominican Republic, Aug. 25-Sept. 2nd. Work alongside families doing their sweat equity, stabilize another economy and get inside another culture in a way that just being a tourist cannot. Fees for the trips (Romania - $845 for Thrivent members / $1345 for non-members; and DR - $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 age 18 and up. Airfare is extra. Interested? Contact Dave at dctirsell2102@yahoo.com to express your interest and talk through your questions. 
Wish List
At Macomb County Habitat for Humanity, we are always accepting donations! Here are the top 5 items on our Wish List:
  1. Qualified applicants to apply for our Homeownership Program
  2. Working snow blower for our Shelby Township ReStore
  3. Working Hi-Lo/Forklift and appliance dollies for our ReStores
  4. Donations for our ReStores: bedroom sets, gas stoves, power tools, lawn & garden items, patio sets, gardening tools, lawn mowers, windows, bicycles, and home interiors!
  5. Unrestricted cash donations