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Habitat for Humanity

habitat_houseFirst Baptist Church of Ann Arbor has been working with the Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley Chapter for over a decade as part of its mission in the local community.  We have worked with over 20 other local churches to construct the “Good News House”, under the sponsorship of the local chapter, every year since 1997.  The Good News House coalition is renovating existing homes rather than building new houses.  HFH is purchasing many foreclosed homes, in a single neighborhood, and plans on renovating them over the next few years providing simple, decent and affordable housing for even more families.

There are many ways to participate in our Good News House partnership.  First Baptist provides a crew for at least one Saturday each summer.  We do whatever kind of work is needed-from digging holes to putting up siding to painting and installing doors. Training is provided; no previous experience or skill is required.  On that day we also provide lunch for the work crew, so baking, shopping, and/or delivering lunch are great ways to participate.  In addition to working on the houses First Baptist also contributes financially to the cost of the build.  Contact our coordinators for more information (Mary Davis, madrad@umich.edu and Scott Diels, hscottdiels@att.net).

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that builds simple, decent and affordable homes in partnership with those in need.  Families purchase the houses at no profit to Habitat, through interest-free loans. Volunteers, joining with the future homeowner families, provide virtually all of the house-building labor. Individuals, religious organizations and corporations that support with donations of money, land and materials make the work possible.