Habitat Headlines | January 2021
Moving Forward With Love
I thought very hard about whether or not I should create New Year’s resolutions and decided against it.

Weird, eh? Everyone makes them. Why wouldn’t I?

As I contemplated, I realized that I already had a set of goals that I strive to meet each fiscal year. Most of these are quite difficult and require a great deal of time and effort. So, more goals seemed silly.

If 2020 taught me anything, it was that resolutions on a list are easy to break and silly when compared to developing lasting relationships, which is the core of my work.

Looking back over the past year, I missed seeing, touching, and being around people. I longed for more hugs, in-person galas, singing, in-person praising, and an occasional dance. Those things are what matter in my personal life and at work.

Macomb Habitat for Humanity allows me the opportunity to be around so many wonderful people. Sometimes it’s volunteers, like Deb and Jay who show up and help in all sorts of ways. I appreciate the daily interactions with my leadership team. They lift me up even on the darkest days! And of course, I appreciate our board. These leaders do so much for us. Sometimes it’s a check, but other times it’s a connection. From Mashell – the Chair – to our newest member, Laura, all are wonderful and valued.

I miss shaking hands with our donors – the people who care so much about our mission that they give generously and from the heart. And I miss seeing the beaming smiles on the faces of our homeowners who have worked so hard to gain homeownership.

New Year’s resolution? Special goals?

I am confident that if I simply love the people in my path, I will be a good leader – one that will garner the respect of all.

Tell me what are some of your goals?

Happy New Year!

Helen Hicks
Patrick N'Gola Almost Ready to Move In
In recent newsletters, we told you of Patrick N’Gola, who fled for his life from the Republic of Congo. His biggest goal has been to have a home for the family he had to leave behind in Africa (his wife and four sons) to join him. As a legal asylee, he has been working at Amazon, paying rent on a single room apartment, and sending as much money as possible to support his family.

He is weeks away from moving into an Eastpointe home, a three-bedroom bungalow with a cozy kitchen, a living room, a small family room, two bathrooms, and a garage. 

Can you Help?
Furniture is Still Needed!!
  • 4 NEW single mattresses
  • 1 bunk bed set
  • 2 small dressers
  • 2 adult dressers
  • gas dryer

If you can donate furniture, please contact Helen Hicks.

Down Payment Assistance
Patrick will be purchasing this home, but he could use a hand with down payment assistance. If you can help with this, in any amount up to our target of $4,000, please send us a check (25 Main Street, Mount Clemens, MI 48043) or donate online.

Thanks to everyone for bringing Patrick and his family to a new place of peace!
Upcoming Events
You're Invited to a Virtual Gala!!
Join Macomb County Habitat for Humanity on Friday, February 12th for a virtual gala to support the building and rehabbing of homes in Macomb County. Your $50 ticket gets you entered for a drawing for a Weekend stay at the Bavarian Inn at Frankenmuth with dinner for two at Zehnder's Restaurant. Enjoy a night of fun from the comfort and safety of home!
BELIEVE in the Power of Home
Virtual Gala needs Sponsors
The virtual gala is in need of Sponsors and donated Auction Items. Follow the links to the left if you are interested in becoming a sponsor or donating an item to the virtual auction!
Macomb County Habitat for Humanity in desperate need of volunteers to help pick up auction items for an online event we are having to raise funds for families in need of housing assistance. The event will be held February 12th, auction items need to be picked up by January 22nd. Any volunteer interested in helping out please contact Carol, our Director of Philanthropy, at 586-854-7338.
Champion of Champions
A Philanthropic Competition for
Leaders in the Community
Champion of Champions is a 16-week challenge, a competition between community leaders and their teams who raise funds for Macomb Habitat for Humanity in honor of a local family of the year.

Candidates build strong campaign teams to support and expand their reach, where each dollar raised is equal to one vote. The team who has the most votes, (money raised) is named the Champion of Champions at the finale event May 1st.

Volunteer Update
Looking for volunteer opportunities to get out of the house this winter?

Our construction volunteer schedule is on pause this winter, with new projects planned for late spring. But volunteer needs at Macomb Habitat continue every week in our ReStores in Shelby Township and Warren. Volunteers help our staff with special projects, floor displays, sorting household goods, transferring purchases to customer vehicles, and more. Individuals or groups can lend a hand anytime the stores are open – Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, Saturdays 10 to 5, with weekday help especially prized. Four-hour shifts preferred. Perhaps you want to choose a regular time each week to volunteer and bring a friend? View the volunteer calendar to sign up and try it out!
Faith Build Near the Finish Line

Volunteer work on our Faith Build in Roseville has wrapped up after 18 months of challenges. Tradespeople (electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and DTE) and our construction team will complete the work needed on the three-bedroom home being prepared for Cieara Prazuch and her four children. Stayed tuned for a Virtual Dedication when we have power and lights in January!
Can you Help a Habitat Family in their Time of Loss?

We mourn the loss of Shannon Finley, a Mom of a blended family of seven who, with her husband Steven, has lived in a Habitat home in Clinton Township since 2012. She was an avid gardener and encourager of neighbors & friends in the challenges of life. We invite you to donate to the GoFundMe page set up to help the family with medical and funeral expenses and ask your prayers for them as well. Gifts of any size add up.
ReStore Update
Not Itemizing? No Problem
Giving More under the CARES Act through March 14th

To help alleviate the coronavirus’s economic devastation, Congress has enacted the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Included was a brand new universal deduction for charitable contributions. Taxpayers who do not itemize may now deduct up to $300 per year in charitable contributions. Such deductions must be: (1) in cash (no property like household goods), and (2) given to a 501(c)(3) public charity such as Macomb County Habitat.

Since this is a universal “above-the-line” deduction, taxpayers do not have to file Schedule A (itemize) to claim it. Instead, taxpayers list it as an adjustment to income on Schedule 1 of Form 1040 and then deduct it from their gross income (along with all other adjustments to income) on the first page of their Form 1040.

We can provide you a letter to document your donation to Macomb Habitat through the Donate Now button on our website or by mail to
25 N. Main St., Mount Clemens, MI 48043.
Have you Designated your Favorite Charities in your Will?
Macomb Habitat was blessed with an unexpected donation in support of our work from the estate of a friend of Habitat who recently passed away. Consider updating your will to have a portion of your estate go to help Macomb Habitat reach more families in the years ahead. 2021 is our 28th year of operating in Macomb County, and with your help, we can continue that good work for many more years.