Habitat Headlines
August 7, 2018
Upcoming Events
Save the Date! Friday, November 9 | 6 - 11 p.m.
25th Anniversary Galapalooza
Located at: Andiamo, Warren
Cost: $125 per person
Includes plated meal, premium bar, raffles, silent/live auction, and a comedy juggling show featuring   The Passing Zone  !

Ticket sales coming soon!

We are now accepting donations for our silent and live auction! (Baskets, gift cards, vacation packages, etc.)  Contact Sonya Zakolski at szakolski@macombhabitat.org to arrange a pick up!
Save the Date! February 17 - 24
Silver Anniversary Cruise
Aboard Harmony of the Seas!
Community members, family, and friends, please join Macomb County Habitat for Humanity as they celebrate 25 years of proud service in the Macomb County area. Since 1993, Macomb County Habitat for Humanity has had continual success helping families with homeownership.

Sail with Macomb County Habitat as they host exciting special events, while celebrating in the Eastern Caribbean aboard Royal Caribbean's beautiful ship, Harmony of The Seas. It's a wonderful time to come together to connect and relax while commemorating Macomb County Habitat's 25th anniversary event!

Ports of Call:
Feb 17 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Depart
Feb 20 - Phillipsburg, St. Maarten
Feb 21- San Juan, Puerto Rico
Feb 22 - Labadee, Haiti
Feb 24 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Disembark

Event registration ($50) due by September 1.
Final payments due by November 1.

Questions? Contact Pennie Brantley at pennie@pbtravelgroup.com or call 734.667.1966!
For more information, contact Briana Koehn at bkoehn@macombhabitat.org .
New Series: How to Become a Habitat Homeowner
For more information, contact Sue Whitty at swhitty@macombhabitat.org .
Blog: We are Grateful for Ford's 30 Under 30!
Every year, the Ford Fund selects 30 professionals under the age of 30 and pairs 5-6 of them with each carefully selected nonprofit. From a pool of 600+ applicants, the team is chosen. Fortunately, Macomb County Habitat for Humanity was selected this year to be one of the six agencies to benefit from these remarkable minds.

I have been very impressed with the talent our team has shown. These are folks whose thinking abilities are “off the charts.” They have the ability to to seek out the weaknesses in an organization and then systematically find solutions.
Welcome New Directors!
In the last year, Macomb County Habitat for Humanity has welcomed five new directors to the board! We are thrilled to have them join our board of directors and brainstorm innovative ideas of our highly complex organization. Welcome to Al Phillips, Jeremiah Hoehner, John Hall, Lauren McDowell and Mail Lor!

Al Phillips - Owner/Broker of Realty Professionals
Jeremiah Hoehner - Insurance Agent of AAA Michigan, Warren
John Hall - Police Officer for the Detroit Police Department
Lauren McDowell - Agent/Owner of the Lauren McDowell Farm Bureau Insurance Agency
Mai Lor - Human Resources Assistant at Millennium Software and Staffing
Al Phillips
Realty Professionals
Jeremiah Hoehner
AAA Michigan
John Hall
Detroit Police Department
Lauren McDowell
Farm Bureau Insurance
Mai Lor
Millennium Software & Staffing
Donor Spotlight
First State Bank Employee Volunteers Join Macomb Habitat for Humanity on Home Build

First State Bank’s recent check presentation to Macomb Habitat for Humanity has evolved to a donation of another kind. In support of First State Bank employees will be volunteering their time and sweat equity for the construction of a home site in Eastpointe in support of the work Habitat is doing to improve the community.

Earlier this month, First State Bank presented Macomb Habitat for Humanity with a check for $5,000 to support the organization’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. The bank’s donation will help the non-profit’s efforts locally as they refurbish a home in Eastpointe for a local family in need. 
From left: Amy Persyn, Dave Tirsell, Helen Hicks, John Guarini, Sarah Boyle
Photo credit: First State Bank
Volunteer Opportunities
  • On Saturday, Oct. 13th, we will meet at the Shelby Twp. ReStore at 9 am for a kickoff with Thrivent Financial before heading out to three locations to do exterior repairs to homes of foster kids who have aged out of the system and foster families, partnering with Friends of Foster Kids. Age 16 on up for those repair projects. Please sign up on our website!
  • Events Committee - We are looking for dedicated volunteers to join our events committee! Help plan and execute every detail of our annual gala, Women's Luncheon, Golf Outing and more! This committee meets monthly after work hours. For more information, please contact Sonya Zakolski at szakolski@macombhabitat.org.
  • Event Volunteers - We are actively looking for volunteers to help at our annual gala! You can sign up to help wrap baskets, check-in, security, raffle ticket sales, check out and more! To sign up, please contact Sonya Zakolski at szakolski@macombhabitat.org.

If you have a group of five or more interested in volunteering with us this summer, contact Dave Tirsell, Faith and Volunteer Relations Manager, at dtirsell@macombhabitat.org. Typically we work Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Most projects have room for a few individuals, so you can go to the Volunteer page at macombhabitat.org, and see what is posted each week to add your name to a team.
Faith News
Mark your calendar for the Building on Faith Family Fun Day on Saturday, Sept. 29 th. This will take place at our Shelby Twp. ReStore from 10 am to 3 pm, with a number of fun activities for the family. We will be partnering with the nonprofit, Friends of Foster Kids, by collecting sports balls – soccer, basketball and others – to give to children in Macomb County.
Macomb Habitat Accepting Applications!
Home Repairs: A Brush With Kindness  is a Home Repair program for owner-occupied homes. Projects could include: handicap ramp installation, painting, trim work, porch/deck repairs, door/window replacement and more.

We are accepting applications for our exterior repair program!
  • Are you age 62 or older?
  • Have you or your spouse previously served in the armed forces?
  • Have you recently received a violation notice for the exterior of your home?
  • Are you low-income?
  • Disabled?
  • Elderly?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, you may qualify for our
A Brush With Kindness program! Click on the link for more information and the application.

Questions? Contact Dave Tirsell at 586.263.1540, ext. 102 or email dtirsell@macombhabitat.org .
Homeowner Applications: 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.

For a full list of criteria, click here for the Family Selection Criteria.
Note: Meeting the Family Selection Criteria enables you to submit an application to our program and in no way ensures your acceptance into our program.
If you meet ALL criteria, proceed with the Homeowner Application below.

Questions? Contact Sue Whitty at 586.263.1540 or email swhitty@macombhabitat.org
ReStore News
The Shelby ReStore is in the process of re-organizing the floor to encourage a more customer friendly space.

Plus new items in store this week!
  • New paint
  • Painting supplies
  • Floor tiles
  • Carpet squares

Stop by our store, check out our reorganization and stock up on our new inventory!
Hosting a Garage Sale?
Still have a ton of stuff left? Don’t throw it away or put it back in the garage...
Donate it to Macomb Habitat free of charge!
As a reminder, we provide  FREE pick up in Macomb County and you will be provided with an itemized tax donation receipt! We are always looking for couches, kitchen table sets, hardware, cabinets, home decor and more!  Click here to view a full list of items we can accept!

Donation Hotline: (586) 263-1540
We offer FREE pick up for Macomb County residents! Or drop off your donation at one of our convenient Macomb County locations.

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.

Follow the ReStores on social media:
Volunteer Spotlight
Rheinmetall Automotive returned to a new build for a veteran family in Clinton Township, a home that started with great fundraising from that company, rising from walls they built to this month’s laminate flooring installation to move that project along.
US Gypsum Corporation worked on our rehab on Sarsfield in Warren, making great progress on siding, exterior door installation and landscaping there. Great volunteer energy and willingness to learn!
In the News...
Macomb Habitat for Humanity Shelby ReStore celebrates one-year anniversary

One never knows what can be found at the Macomb County Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

It could be ceramic tile for a newly remodeled bathroom. A sofa found for a man cave. How about a chandelier for a reading nook or a crib for the nursery?

Whatever they needed, residents have been able to pick it up at the Shelby Township location, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary.
Population Changes: Counties continue journey towards broader racial diversity

Two of our board members were great contributors to this article discussing the population changes and diversity in the metro Detroit area! Well done Dr. Cleamon Moorer and Officer John Hall! 
Photo credit: The Macomb Daily
Wish List
At Macomb County Habitat for Humanity, we are always accepting donations! Here are the top items on our Wish List:
  1. Silent/Live Auction Items for our Galapalooza
  2. Sponsors for our Galapalooza!
  3. Event Committee members
  4. 220 Line in the Shelby ReStore
  5. Working Hi-Lo and appliance dollies/straps for our ReStores
  6. Cruisers to join us on our 25th Anniversary Cruise!
  7. Qualified applicants to apply for our Homeownership Program