Habitat Headlines for October, 2020
Women and Men…they have so much to offer us.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 was not just another Michigan fall day. It was the date of Macomb County Habitat’s Women’s Luncheon. This annual event always brings out the best in every speaker and the captivated audience who listens and learns.

This year we featured Maria Silamianos, Executive VP of Business Development and Community Outreach, Trion Solutions; Rhonda Powell, CEO, O’Neal Powell and Associates; and Alicia Rena Young, Habitat partner family member.
Guest Speaker Alicia Rena Young and her family enjoying lunch.
Guest Speaker Rhonda Powell
at the podium.
Thank you to our event sponsors! Consumers Energy, First State Bank, and IBEW-NECA Local 58
Each of these women showed us that despite rocky beginnings, sudden deaths of loved ones, and almost impossible odds – success awaits with determination and grit.

So many guests came up to me and told me that the luncheon created a feeling within them that encourages them to do more and be more!

Believe me, I feel it too!

Some guests asked for a quarterly dose of the “feel good” event. My Development Director, Carol, said “No!”

And yet, now I’m considering a Men’s Luncheon. And why not? We appreciate all the inspirational men who have started businesses from scratch, toughed out hard economic times to build amazing companies and products.

Is it overkill? I hope not. Nothing would please me more than to give equal time to the gents.

As we begin to plan 2021 – (thank God!) I will keep you posted on this new and fun event which we will hold somewhere different so that the guys can have their own place. If you have a good candidate for me to consider, just let me know.

Bottom line, though. We have the best women (and men) in our network of giving. Regardless of anyone’s gender, we appreciate every contribution, volunteer hour, and gift.

Happy fall!

Helen Hicks
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.

The campaign kicks off on Friday, January 8th, 2021! Contact Carol McQueen, Director of Philanthropy to become a Candidate today.
Golf Outing Update
A Big Thank You to all of our Sponsors and the 27 teams who golfed in the Home-in-One Golf Classic on September 28th at Greystone Golf Club. It was little soggy but everyone had a great time!
Volunteer Update
Faith Build - Making Progress
After several contractor delays, the Faith Build project is back on track. Saturday and Wednesday volunteer days through mid-November will take the three-bedroom home from painting to landscaping and completion. Safe procedures are in place for 12 or fewer people teams with hand washing, sanitizer, and more available. Check out the Volunteer Calendar to join the fun.

This picture shows why we do this work - to enable a deserving family to have a comfortable, safe home to live. Cieara Prazuch is working on her sweat equity hours and is preparing financially to purchase the home when we complete it. This will provide a solid foundation for the future for her four children & for her. Your donations and volunteer time can make this dream come true for the whole family.
Tom Thompson nominated as Volunteer of the Year
Each year Habitat Michigan seeks a nomination for Volunteer of the Year from each affiliate in Michigan. We have nominated long-time volunteer Tom Thompson, for 2020, for the virtual awards banquet with the Affiliates in Motion Conference this month.

Tom saw Jimmy Carter on TV in 1990, talking about Habitat for Humanity and thought it would be a great way to develop skills for his own home remodeling business. Since then, he has assisted on projects throughout SE Michigan and traveled to builds out-of-state. Some of the best friends Tom has made are those he has worked alongside on Habitat projects. He values the mission of Habitat – providing simple, affordable housing – as a stable base of operations for each family for a generation or more.

Tom’s contributions to Macomb Habitat culminated in using his expertise to adapt our Faith Build home to a new site in Roseville and coaching many other volunteers in the construction of that home. Thanks, Tom, for your quiet good nature and patience with all of us.
Independent Bank mobilizes 23 for a Day of Volunteering at
Shelby ReStore
While many celebrated the Federal holiday at leisure on Monday, October 12th, an intrepid team of 23 volunteers from Independent Bank spent half a day transforming our Shelby Township ReStore. Their energy and enthusiasm went to assembling storage shelves, bundling artwork for donation to brighten City of Warren senior centers, sorting housewares, making room in the intake area for future donations, and lots of cleaning and organizing. All for some donuts, cider, and coffee! Note the picture in front of our newly leased and wrapped ReStore pickup box truck, with Independent Bank presenting checks in support of our mission.
ReStore Update
Regular Volunteers Needed at Shelby ReStore!
The Shelby ReStore is in need of regular volunteers. Choose a time to volunteer Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm or 2 pm to 6 pm.

Volunteer duties include the following:
  • managing displays
  • processing home goods
  • some lifting
  • mask and work gloves required

Grab a friend or two and improve your health while helping others. Together we can reach more families with shelter solutions!
Visit macombrestore.com to browse a multitude of popular products from the comfort and safety of your own home. Pay securely via the web, and then pick up your items from the Shelby ReStore.

Tuesday - Friday 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
and Saturday 10:30 am - 4:00 pm.

46660 Van Dyke in Shelby Township
between 21 Mile and Hall Road

Use the website contact form or call
(586) 263-1540 with any questions
The ReStore is currently looking for the following items to be donated:
  • lawn and garden items
  • patio/outdoor furniture
  • working snow blowers
  • upholstered furniture (in good condition)
  • children's desks/any desks
  • toilets
  • appliances (working, less than ten years old)
  • usable lumber
  • working power tools
We DO NOT ACCEPT the following:
  • bedding and towels
  • clothing
  • mattresses and box springs
  • items in need of any repairs
Call ahead to reserve a pick up time.(586) 263-1540
ReStore Locations

Shelby ReStore
46660 Van Dyke, Shelby
between Hall Rd. & 21 Mile

Warren ReStore
23211 Van Dyke, Warren
at 9 1/2 Mile

Store Hours
Tues-Fri: 10 am - 6 pm
Sat: 10 am - 5 pm

Reduced Drop Off Hours
Fri: 10 am - 5:30 pm
Sat: 10 am - 4:30 pm
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. 2020 is our 27th year of operating in Macomb County, and with your help, we can continue that good work for many more years.
New Rules for Charitable Contribution Deductions Under the CARES Act
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 don’t 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 for Humanity.
Since this is a universal “above-the-line” deduction, taxpayers don’t 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.
25 North Main Street
Mount Clemens, MI 48043