Posted by Eric Tindall on Nov 21, 2019
At the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Lunch on November 21, 2019, Sarah Teare (Community Development Director), talked about Habitat for Humanity or Huron Valley.
Sarah said, "that the Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley works to enrich Washtenaw County through a legacy of affordable home ownership for families of low-income."
In Sarah's talk she described their Community Development Program. Sarah said, "Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley is committed to serving more families by responding to community aspirations with an expanded array of products, services and partnerships with the mission of empowering residents to revive their neighbourhoods and enhance their quality of life."
Habitat for Humanity neighborhood revitalization efforts are focused in the Gault Village, West Willow and Sugarbrook neighbourhoods of Ypsilanti Township. Using the Quality of Life Framework as a guide, they work alongside residents, neighborhood groups and associations to guide a long-term participatory neighborhood planning process. Residents are engaged through door-to-door surveying, community-wide meetings and events.
Activities are direct results of input from neighborhood residents and include neighborhood picnics, neighborhood clean-ups, plant sales, park improvements, safety initiatives, Little Free Libraries, community center upgrades, fence replacement and senior-focused programming.
Sarah said, "their is an abundant volunteer opportunities for a groups and individuals:"
  • Home Building: Tasks may include various stages of renovation or building, ranging from demolition to installing cabinets and doors.
  • ReStore: The Habitat ReStore is located in West Ann Arbor off of Jackson Ave..
  • Neighborhood Beatification and External Projects: 10+ volunteers/project to help with neighborhood beautification projects or exterior home improvement projects for existing homeowners in the neighbourhoods.