July 1 marks a new fiscal year for Habitat, and we are looking forward to a new year working in partnership with you to help change more lives in Washtenaw County. It is also a time to take a minute to share what you helped us accomplish during the past 12 months:
- 18 homes renovated and sold to 18 hardworking, low-income families in Washtenaw County
- 10 homes built for families in Guatemala and Haiti through our International commitment
- 100 families received healthy home kits (smokeless stove, latrine, and water purification) in Guatemala through our International commitment
- 3rd consecutive year that we sent a team of local volunteers to Guatemala to build houses for Guatemalan families in need
- 101 additional families served, either by critical repair/weatherization or furnace replacement
- 946 additional families assisted with a new, energy efficient refrigerator, a test and tune-up to their furnace or an exterior home improvement to their home
- Numerous community development activities coordinated, engaging over 730 residents and 345 volunteers contributing over 1,500 hours in revitalizing neighborhoods
- 75 families received individualized credit counseling
- 96 families attended financial education classes and seminars
- 775 tons of waste diverted from the landfill by our ReStore
- $306,267 in taxes paid by Habitat homeowners in Washtenaw County last year alone
The numbers are astounding. But as with anything in life, it’s not only the sheer volume that matters, it’s the individual experiences that really drive home the great work we are doing.
It’s the mother at her closing that told me how proud she is to be able to provide a stable home for her daughter. She grew up moving from apartment to apartment, changing schools, packing up, making and losing friends, over and over. It was her goal to secure a home before her daughter started first grade, and Habitat helped her achieve it.
It’s the many, many people that we speak with on the telephone that are grateful we were able to help them tune up or replace their furnace, an expense that they were unsure how they were going to afford, until they heard about Habitat’s program.
It’s the young couple that applied to purchase a home through Habitat and found that they needed to work on reducing their credit. They were determined, and worked with our credit counselor to improve their debt to income ratio so that they could afford to purchase a home through Habitat.
There are so many individual moments throughout the year, so many times every week, nearly every day, where I am struck anew with what a great privilege it is to be involved in this work and how grateful I am for all of the people like you who truly make this work possible.
Thank you for your role in the success of the organization this year and for your commitment to the great work ahead of us.