Habitat Headlines | April, 2021

Home is Everything

Recently I took a few days to focus on having a bit of fun in a very remote place in California: Huntington Beach. The resort was very grand, and the food was so delicious that I took my time eating because every mouthful was almost beyond words. The bed was so soft and fluffy that I slept in two days in a row, and the pool was a sparkling aqua blue, the kind you see in travel magazines.


The place was divine! And yet. It wasn’t home.


Throughout my stay I worried about my house. Were things ok? Was our special needs’ son well-cared-for and happy? Did the trash make it to the curb?


Throughout my stay in “heaven,” my mind kept focusing on home, and this became quite a dilemma for me, as I pursued my urge to travel somewhere quiet and serene.


Home really is everything, isn’t it? It is the one place that we can go to when we are elated or depressed. The walls bear the color paint we love; the carpets are comfy and clean; and everywhere we look there is a memory of someone we love.


Home. I live in a nice one, and I spend my work-life making sure that others have that same opportunity.

Habitat homes are very clean and free of lead. They have darling kitchens and bathrooms in affordable neighborhoods where kids can feel safe, and parents can feel proud.

Most, like mine, have no glistening pools or chef kitchens, but they are spectacular to the hard-working people who own them.


I really want to go back to that breath-taking resort someday. There’s a “Singapore Sling” sitting in the pool bar waiting for me, I’m sure.


For now, though, I’m just happy to lay my head on my own scrunchy pillow listening to the sounds of my skitterish cats… in a home where my name is on the deed.


Turns out. Home is Everything.

Upcoming Events

The 2021 Luncheon, Women Who CREATE, was very successful.

We give huge thanks to our Corporate Sponsors:


Michigan School & Government Credit Union




TRION Solutions

We also thank our Honorary Co-Chairs for the event:


Maria Silamianos


Anna Craprotta


Sophia Merkouris

We thank your Guest Speakers:


Melanie Priehs


Rita Brown


Cieara Prazuch

And we thank all who attended the event! You helped make the dream of homeownership attainable for all of our current and future homeowners. There is still more to do, so please come to our upcoming events listed below, becoming a recurring volunteer, donating, or sharing these events on social media.

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$10k Elimination Raffle

$10,000 Elimination Raffle to be held

Saturday, May 15th, 2021 at the Rec. Bowl

40 Crocker Blvd., Mt. Clemens

Only 199 tickets will be sold at $100 each

with proceeds supporting Macomb County Women Build.

Purchase tickets at the Rec. Bowl or

Call Kathleen Kelchner 586-709-7538

Event begins at 6 pm; drawing at 8 pm.


Annual Golf Outing

The Exclusive Home-in-One Golf Classic is fast approaching! Monday, June 28th it all tips off at Greystone Golf Club.

Get Tickets and Purchase Game Improvement Packages
Become a Sponsor
Make a difference with the #PowerfHome!

2021 #PowerofHome Campaign

The Power of Home – Michigan campaign is raising funds statewide to better equip Habitat for Humanity affiliates to stabilize housing in their communities.

Consumers Energy is offering affiliates $100,000 in matching funds. This means that for every $2 raised, the campaign receives an additional $1 of match money!

We need YOUR HELP to meet our $5,000 goal and receive some of these match funds!

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis and shelter-in-place mandates, safe and healthy housing is needed more than ever. Join us and support Macomb County Habitat for Humanity as we continue to work towards a future where every Michigan family experiences firsthand the power of a healthy, safe, affordable home.

Volunteer Update

Celebrating National Volunteer Month

National Volunteer Week started in Canada in 1943 to honor women volunteers key to World War II efforts. It is now a month-long focus on the importance of volunteers worldwide as well as in the US. Volunteers are key to all that Macomb Habitat does, from construction, to our ReStores, to our Board of Directors, and many others. Watch for home building opportunities mid-summer thru fall or help at the ReStore anytime!

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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering on the Horizon

We are in the process of gaining City Council permission and gathering the funds to purchase five foreclosed homes in Eastpointe for Macomb Habitat to renovate and partnering with contractors on two more. We don’t do volunteer work until we own properties, so we expect that Eastpointe work will start in June and more will come later in the year. We await a basement wall installation in Clinton Township and an over-the-road move of the latest home begun by Chippewa Valley students.

As soon as any projects are ready, we post them on the Volunteer Calendar at

So far, we have had more volunteer interest from groups and individuals this spring than we saw in all of 2020! We will have plenty for everyone to do from mid-summer to fall.


Thrivent Venture This Summer

Dates have been set for a 40 day, 100+ volunteer blitz on a home in Eastpointe. The effort is sponsored by Thrivent Financial and plans to recruit from 3-5 churches and other groups for work on many midweek and Saturdays from July 13th-August 21st.

Keep your gloves and paintbrushes ready!

ReStore Refresh

Reduced Drop Off Hours

Drop off hours have been reduced at both of our ReStore locations.

Please bring any small items you can fit in your car to the ReStores during the hours listed below:




10:30 am -5:30 pm

10:30 am -5:30 pm

10:30 am -4:30 pm

Shelby ReStore

46660 Van Dyke, Shelby

between Hall Rd. & 21 Mile

Mask required for entry.

Warren ReStore

23211 Van Dyke, Warren

at 9 1/2 Mile

Mask required for entry

Store Hours

Tues-Fri: 10 am - 6 pm

Sat: 10 am - 5 pm

Call 586-263-1540 x100 with any questions.

Or shop the Online ReStore for exclusive online-only offers!

What the ReStores DO and DO NOT Accept

The ReStores are currently looking for the following items to be donated:

  • upholstered furniture (in good condition)
  • appliances (working, less than 10 years old), countertop microwave ovens, washing machines and dryers
  • usable lumber
  • working power tools
  • toilets
  • pedistal sinks
  • stainless steel kitchen sinks
  • interior & exterior doors
  • standard size windows
  • jewelry, leather purses, & perfumes

The ReStores are currently looking for the following seasonal items to be donated:

  • gardening tools
  • patio furniture in good condition
  • working lawn mowers

Call 586-263-1540 x100 to set up a pickup of your large household items.

Or send an email with your name, city, phone number, and photos of your furniture

Schedule a Pickup via email

The ReStores DO NOT accept any of the following items:

  • bedding and towels
  • clothing
  • mattresses and box springs
  • items in need of any repairs
  • light bulbs
  • chandeliers
  • ceiling fans
  • blinds (unless new in packaging)
  • vertical blinds of any kind
  • used flooring

Have Bedding, Towels, or Linens to Donate?


Donate to a local pet & animal shelter or local branch of the Humane Society!

The soft material soaks up the animal's scent and makes them feel safe in the stressful environment of the shelter. It will also help the pet to adjust better once they move into their furever home.

Reasonable Trade Offer


You Get:

  • Marketable Retail Skills & Experience
  • Fun Helping your Community
  • Some Exercise

We Get:

  • Recurring ReStore Volunteers
  • New Friends
  • Someone to share pizza with!

Do you have what it takes?

Volunteer Duties

Volunteer Shifts

What You Need to Bring

  • Managing displays
  • Process home goods
  • Help organize the store
  • Some lifting

Tuesday - Friday:

  • 10 am -2 pm
  • 2 pm -6 pm
  • 10 am -6 pm
  • Mask (required)
  • Work Gloves (required)
  • Photo ID (required)
  • Friend
Sign Up to be a Recurring ReStore Volunteer
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Cars for Homes

Donate a vehicle to Habitat for Humanity’s car donation program – Cars for Homes. Your generosity will support our work with local families.

  • All proceeds from your vehicle donation will support Habitat for Humanity and help local families here in Macomb County.
  • Your donation may qualify for a tax deduction.

It’s fast and easy. Learn more about how vehicle donations work here!

What are Community Rewards?

Kroger Community Rewards makes fund-raising easy by donating to local organizations based on the shopping you do everyday.

Once you link your card to an organization, all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!


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.

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