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October 2, 2018
Upcoming Events
Thrivent Financial Building on Faith

Saturday, Oct. 13th, we will meet at the Shelby Township ReStore at 9 a.m. for a kickoff 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, again partnering with Friends of Foster Kids. Age 16 on up for those repair projects.
Tuesday, October 23 | 6 p.m.
The House That Beer Built
Located at: Dragonmead Microbrewery
Cost: $5 donation for admission

Join us for our next House That Beer Built event on Tuesday, October 23 at Dragonmead Microbrewery in Warren! $5 donation for admission (all pre-registered attendees will receive a door prize!), bring extra cash for a 50/50 raffle and Dragonmead's kitchen will be open! Raffles, prizes and live entertainment from Lu Fuki and Divine Providence. Enjoy a Habitat for Humanity benefit tap featuring Erik the Red!
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 !

Thank you to our generous Title Sponsor:
Save the New Date! October 7 - 11, 2019
Silver Anniversary Cruise
Aboard Mariner 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, Mariner 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:
October 7 - Orlando, FL; Depart
October 8 - Cruising
October 9 - Nassau, Bahamas
October 10 - Cococay, Bahamas
October 11 - Orlando, FL: Disembark

Event registration ($50) due by March 11, 2019.
Final payments due by May 24, 2019.

Questions? Contact Pennie Brantley at pennie@pbtravelgroup.com or call 734.667.1966!
For more information, contact Sonya Zakolski at szakolski@macombhabitat.org .
Blog: One Dollop of Kindness to Go!
Everyday, the people who work at Macomb County Habitat for Humanity cross paths with many people. Some are donors, others are volunteers. Scores are shoppers in our retail operations, and a handful of very special people call themselves Board members.
On any given day, as these men, women, teens and children grace our paths, we never know who is well or ill – happy or sad. All have vibrant smiles as they try to help our mission make sense. I try to remember this each time I meet a person and extend my hand to them. Are they here even though they should be healing? Why do they appear so elated? What losses have they incurred that might have hurt their heart or deflated their spirit.
Habitat Homeowner of the Year
Every year, Macomb County Habitat for Humanity nominates hardworking volunteers, homeowners, and touching stories to the Habitat for Humanity Michigan AIM Conference. This year, the story of homeowner Tiffany (Grenke) Flood was selected as the winner for the Homeowner of the Year award! Tiffany purchased her home from Macomb Habitat in March of 2011. Since then, she got married and took the skills she learned on Habitat build sites, and she and her husband started a construction company of their own, purchasing four vacant land lots from us earlier this year! Congratulations, Tiffany!
Help Us Win This Contest November 15 - 25!
Macomb County Habitat for Humanity has been selected as one of three participating charities in the Mall at Partridge Creek's “For Goodness Sake” Holiday Charity Contest, from November 15-25.

We encourage our followers to shop at The Mall at Partridge Creek from November 15 – November 25. Before shopping, please download the ZipLoop App (available for iPhone and Android) that will allow you to assign any in-center retail purchase receipt dollar amounts to a charity of your choice (Macomb Habitat!). ZipLoop will record a running total of the dollar amounts that have been assigned to each charity. At the conclusion of the contest, the charity with the highest assigned dollar amount total based on the app will be named the winner of the contest!
Our nonprofit will have the opportunity to win a donation from the Mall at Partridge Creek of $3,000 as the first-place winner. The second-place winner will receive a $2,000 donation and the third-place winner will receive a $1,000 donation.
ReStore News
We remodeled our Shelby ReStore! Thank you each and every one of our volunteers, staff, and board members for your input, ideas, time, effort and sweat and for help making this dream a reality! If you haven't visited our Shelby ReStore in a few weeks, please stop by and check it out!
Donate your household items 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:
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
Great Volunteer Support in September!
August closed with three days of work at Dakota High School prepping the four home sections to be moved to a new location.

With the strong national interest in the week of 9-11 as a time of service, we could have ten teams active in that week, but chose four to lend a hand with our current capacity in construction.
Crestmark Bank supported the Sarsfield rehab in Warren with a team of 10.
GM Side Closures returned for the fifth year, this time for their hardest project – rearranging the household goods at our Shelby ReStore – moving cabinets, tile, paint, electrical, appliances and much more.
Daimler North America Corp . were first time volunteers (related to Mercedes Benz Financial) with a team of 19 to advance the interior work at the Rheinmetall Automotive home for a veteran family in Clinton Twp. Lots of trim around doors, door painting and installation, some exterior work. Germany, Netherlands, France, Argentina and the U.S. were represented on the team. 
GM PPO got their aggressions out on a demolition project at Harvest Time Church in Warren, in partnership with long-time supporter, Passport Pizza. Filled a dumpster with a team of 24 as they removed walls, windows and doors to expand space at the church for their feeding ministries and worship. Salvageable building materials were taken around the corner to our Warren ReStore to sell.
Are you a Thrivent Benefit Member?
Your Thrivent Action Team effort would be a great way to support Macomb Habitat. The $250 gift card that comes with that grant could go a long way, for instance:
  • Help us with silent auction items for our Gala Event on Nov. 9th - We can give you ideas on what can support that event.
  • Stock a pantry for a new homeowner – nonperishable foods, cookware, small appliances for a family moving into their newly purchased Habitat home. Attend a dedication or open house to meet the family and celebrate with them.
  • Lunch support – Provide food and volunteers (youth can help, too) to serve lunch for multiple volunteer teams of 10-25 volunteers to fit your schedule and ours.
  • Landscaping Team – Select perennials and annuals, shrubs and mulch for a Habitat home, consulting and coaching a family in their care. Have a planting team install them. Our next home to landscape would be in late October, early Nov. in Clinton Twp., being built for a veteran family.
Check out the member resources at Thrivent.com, and talk over your ideas with Dave Tirsell at dtirsell@macombhabitat.org  before you launch.
Dave Goes Abroad Again!
Last month, our Faith & Volunteer Relations Manager, Dave Tirsell, spent 9 days in the Dominican Republic building with Habitat on a Thrivent Builds Worldwide trip. Very gratifying work with a team of 11 from 8 states. Go Dave!!
Donate your used vehicle to our Cars for Homes program!
Donating a car, truck, boat or plane to Habitat for Humanity’s car donation program is a great way to support our work in your local community.

Your vehicle will be auctioned off to raise funds to help build safe, decent, affordable homes!
Wish List
At Macomb County Habitat for Humanity, we are always accepting donations! Here are the top 5 items on our Wish List:
  1. Silent/Live Auction Items for our Galapalooza
  2. Sponsors for our Galapalooza!
  3. Lightweight chain, Heavy duty saran wrap, a working hi-lo and appliance dollies/straps at our ReStores
  4. 8.5 x 11 White Copier Paper at our administrative offices
  5. Qualified applicants to apply for our Homeownership Program