This summer the MAISON ORION team will be volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley. Though we will be likely hammering and painting and not planning and designing, we see this opportunity as another way to achieve our goal of creating places that make people feel comfortable, welcomed, cared for and loved. We are participating through the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, one of 17 or so congregations that support the work in Washtenaw County. This year the focus is on renovating two homes in Ypsilanti.
Some background on Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley from their website:
Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley works to enrich Washtenaw County through a legacy of affordable home ownership for families of low-income.
Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley is a source of hope and inspiration for Washtenaw County, the State of Michigan and the entire world. We are a leader in enabling more citizens to have greater opportunities to improve their lives through home ownership. Our impact is seen in revitalized neighborhoods, families achieving financial stability and children who achieve more in school and in life.
We are leaders in the affordable housing business and take the lead in pulling people together – developing partnerships and collaborating with a variety of organizations – to reduce poverty levels and increase the numbers of households of homeowners. Through affiliations with state and local government, we pursue political action to benefit affordable housing efforts.
Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley (Habitat Huron Valley) was founded in 1989 when a few local residents saw a need to create more affordable home ownership opportunities for residents of Washtenaw County. As the 7th Habitat affiliate incorporated in Michigan, Habitat Huron Valley is proud to be recognized as a productive, progressive affiliate and are ranked No. 1 in the country for number of renovated homes, No. 8 in the state for number of families served and No. 1 in the state for the amount of dollars we send to build houses overseas focused in Haiti and Guatemala. To date, we have built or renovated more than 200 homes, and we look forward to continuing to create more home ownership opportunities in our community.
If you are interested in also getting involved, you can contact Mike Muha, leader of the UUAA Habitat Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you out there this summer!