Habitat Headlines
May 2, 2017
Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 23 | 8:30 - 9:30am
Habitat 101
Warren ReStore - 23211 Van Dyke
FREE event! Breakfast included!

Monday, June 26  |  10am Shotgun
Home-in-One Golf Classic
Greystone Golf Club, Washington
Group of Four: $500  |  Individual Golfer: $125
Includes contests, raffles, lunch and dinner
Save the Date! Friday, November 3  |  6 - 11pm
Country Road Take Me Home
Andiamo, Warren
$125 per person
Includes plated filet mignon, premium bar, silent/live auction, and a classic country concert featuring John Michael Montgomery!

More information and ticket sales coming soon!
For sponsorship information, contact Briana Koehn at bkoehn@macombhabitat.org or call 586.263.1540 x119 for more information!
Announcement!
Please join us on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3 for the grand opening celebration of the ReStore in Shelby Township located at 46660 Van Dyke (just south of 21 Mile). 

Miracles and Acts of Kindness, the Habitat Way!

At Macomb County Habitat for Humanity, I have witnessed many acts of kindness.  Just this week, I was told about a young man who had volunteered at the new ReStore in Shelby Township.  He was working in the back room and saw seven lawnmowers in a corner.  He approached a staff person and asked if he could buy one of the mowers because as a new homeowner with little money, he really needed one.  The staff person told him that the mowers were for our Habitat home projects and that only one of them was working.  He did add, however, that if the volunteer could get any of the other lawnmowers working, then he could take one home.

In a few hours, all of the lawnmowers were working and the volunteer left with his own mower and a feeling of happiness about Habitat he will never forget.  Miracle?  No.  Act of kindness? Yes.

Helen Hicks
President & CEO

In the News...

Macomb County Habitat for Humanity needs a big box truck
Macomb Habitat for Humanity is in need a a 12-foot box truck to transport items from its Deconstruction Program to its ReStore. 
Macomb Habitat Closed on 144th Home

Macomb County Habitat for Humanity is proud to announce we have officially closed on our 144th home! Many of our volunteers remember working alongside Stacey Harris on build sites, and shoppers were able to meet her in the ReStores.

Stacey joined our program in October of 2015 and since then, she was always proactive on investing her 250 sweat equity hours, submitting her paperwork, and saving for her down payment. Stacey is a single mother of three, working full-time in the health care industry, and just bought her home in Warren on April 13th. 

Congratulations Stacey!

Home Run for Habitat is Back! 
The annual Home Run for Habitat campaign has returned in conjunction with the Consumers Energy Foundation. Last year's campaign raised more than $20,000 for Macomb County Habitat and you can make a difference again this year! The Consumers Energy Foundation has agreed to match every donation 2:1 up to $100,000! Donate today and make a difference in our community!
Volunteer Spotlight
Brenda McKinley has been a significant help to Macomb Habitat since she began to volunteer in our office 13 months ago. The financial institution she has worked for supports volunteerism with nonprofits as part of their Community Reinvestment Act contribution. Brenda has been able to spend one afternoon a week entering volunteer information, recording hours for each volunteer activity held, and assisting in other ways in the office. In 2016, nearly 1500 volunteers assisted on the construction site and with our ReStores, and nearly all that record keeping has been kept up to date by Brenda. Amazing! She has also been an enthusiastic supporter of several of our fundraising events.

If you might be interested in joining the team on a weekday for data entry and other record keeping with Macomb Habitat, contact Dave Tirsell at dtirsell@macombhabitat.org
Volunteer News

Major work this past month has prepared the new Shelby Township ReStore location for occupancy, with contractors and volunteers taking it from a vacant structure to one equipped with new firewalls, updated electrical and plumbing, ADA ready bathrooms and other features needed. Among the groups assisting were the Macomb Spartans MSU Alumni Chapter (on the MSU Global Day of Service), IDS Electronics with an Earth Day team, and Health Alliance Plan employees. The last Saturday in April hosts a big team from Westlake Chemical to move goods from the shipping containers across the parking lot into the building.  Comcast Cares Day assisted with the Warren Restore location.

Macomb Spartans MSU Alumni Chapter
IDS Electronics
Westlake Chemical
HAP 
Comcast Cares Day (Warren ReStore)
To set up your group volunteer day, please contact Dave Tirsell for more information
586.263.1540 x102   |   dtirsell@macombhabitat.org
ReStore News
Spring cleaning? Don't forget to call us to pick up your donated items! As a reminder, we provide FREE pick up in Macomb County and we are always looking for couches, kitchen table sets, hardware, cabinets, home decor and more! Click here for a complete list of items we are able to accept. Donation hotline: (586) 263-1540 

While we are gearing up for the grand opening of the Shelby Township ReStore, please come visit us at the  Warren ReStore! The Warren ReStore is located at 23211 Van Dyke (north of 9 Mile) and it is loaded with kitchen appliances, couches, home decor, and hardware for sale!
Ted's Tip:  Spring Is Here! Get Outside.

Take a walk around your yard and see what the plantings and shrubs look like after winter. What worked last year and what do you want to change? Use time in May to plan, and hold off planting until late in the month. Walking on, tilling or digging while the ground is cold and wet just compacts the ground so the roots can’t breathe well. It may be 70° in the air, but the ground won’t warm up past 50° until later in the month.  Plants put into the ground late in the month will easily catch up and will surpass those shocked by early planting.

Consider a mix of annuals and perennials. The annuals give more color over a longer time period, but must be replaced each year. Perennials bloom for multiple years, but tend to be in color for just part of the growing season. Remember that going out around Mother’s Day and filling your garden with plants already in bloom will mean that mid-May could be the time your garden looks best, with few spots of interest the rest of the year. Read some tags and mix it up, and use the tag info to space your plants out correctly. And check out your neighbors gardens to see what spring bulbs you want to add next fall.

Wish List
At Macomb County Habitat for Humanity, we are always accepting donations! Here are the top 5 items on our Wish List:
  1. Golfers and sponsors for our Home-in-One Golf Classic
  2. Donated baked goods for craft & vendor show on June 10 & 11 at Shelby Forest Clubhouse
  3. 12' Box Truck for our deconstruction department
  4. $8,000 to complete home in Eastpointe
  5. Silent/Live auction items for our signature fall event
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