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Home is the Key Recap

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During the month of April, a sense of excitement filled the air as word of Habitat Detroit’s “Home is the Key” campaign spread across the city. Each week, the generosity of our donors, sponsors, and volunteers contributed to the perfect blend of hope and community that led us straight into the campaign’s grand finale on April 22nd: A memorable Home is the Key block party event!

On this fun-filled day, we combined forces with our sponsors and volunteers to tackle various homeowner projects right in our community. From renovating properties, to building foundational walls for a new home, to fostering abundance in a local community garden, we were certainly not short of opportunities to make a difference while showing the world the amount of power a home can have—for those in it, and far beyond.

The joy that was felt between homeowners and volunteers on this day was certainly a cause for celebration, so we topped off the event with live music, carnival games, food trucks, and more family-friendly activities for our homeowners, volunteers, and sponsors to enjoy. Having the ability to build and rehabilitate these properties was a gift to all who came to participate, and everyone present was able to learn of a home’s ability to close the wealth gap, provide safety and stability for families, and create prosperous futures for communities at large.

“It is powerful to see what can be accomplished when people come together,” said Stephanie Osterland, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Detroit. “Local businesses, community partners and neighbors rallied behind this community’s transformation and made it happen. For the individuals and families who call Morningside home, the significance of that effort is immeasurable.”

We are so grateful for all who came out to participate and celebrate our Home is the Key campaign. Habitat Detroit’s efforts would not be possible without your support, and your life-changing service and generosity fueled our celebrations at the block party and beyond. With you, the future is bright!

Carhartt Employees Help Improve Homes for Detroiters

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Upcoming Building Event Is Coupled with $50,000 Donation from Carhartt

Detroit  – On August 8, employees from Dearborn-based Carhartt will join up with Habitat for Humanity Detroit to build five sheds for families in downtown Detroit. Carhartt is pairing a $50,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity Detroit for the event.

In total, 50 Carhartt employees from across the country are expected to participate. The group will build five sheds for homes with no existing outdoor storage. The sheds will provide a space to protect the homeowners’ property, and lead to better curb appeal in the neighborhood by creating spaces for collections of important outdoor tools and equipment to be stored.

The shed-building event is scheduled for August 8 from 3-7pm, beginning at 14325 Jane Ave., Detroit. When the sheds are finished, the volunteers, Habitat for Humanity Detroit staff, and the homeowners are invited to enjoy dinner together.

While best known for its new home builds, Habitat for Humanity Detroit does much more than that in Detroit. It also teams up with companies like Carhartt, which have a proven commitment to supporting the community, to improve existing homes within neighborhoods. That can mean indoor renovations, new roofing, landscaping, or in this case new outdoor shed storage space.

August’s event and donation marks the latest in a growing line of partnerships between Habitat for Humanity Detroit and Carhartt.

Nissan donates TITAN truck to Habitat for Humanity Detroit to support local construction efforts

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Habitat for Humanity Detroit is excited to announce it received a TITAN pickup truck from Nissan. The donation is part of Nissan’s $800K national partnership renewal with Habitat for Humanity to support local Habitat affiliates across the U.S.

Nissan is donating five vehicles to local Habitat affiliates this year to use for hauling and transport of materials to their homesites. Additionally, Nissan employees will volunteer in 12 communities near Nissan’s manufacturing and operational locations.

“Nissan is deeply committed to the areas where our customers, employees, and dealers live and work, and our partnership with Habitat for Humanity is one way that we invest in these communities,” said Travis Parman, vice president, Corporate Communications, Nissan North America, Inc. “Our employees, working alongside our partners at Habitat and the future homeowners, are able to directly improve their local communities and help families build a safe and decent place to call home.”

Nissan has contributed more than $20 million to Habitat nationally since the partnership began in 2005 when Nissan donated 50 trucks and mobilized employees to assist in home building following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf Coast region. Nissan has continued its support through the years by donating an additional 160 vehicles to support construction activities and disaster recovery efforts. Furthermore, Nissan’s employees have contributed more than 112,400 volunteer hours working alongside future homeowners in communities across the U.S.

“Habitat Detroit is so incredibly grateful to our outstanding national partner Nissan and their generous support of our work. We have put many, many miles on our current truck which has created a great need for a safe, reliable vehicle,” said Mary Ellen Kearney, Director of Philanthropy for Habitat Detroit. “Our new TITAN will certainly help us get jobs done across Detroit and allow us to continue to serve our neighbors. Thank you again to Nissan for helping drive our work forward as we build the future of Detroit!

Habitat for Humanity Detroit and Victors Home Solutions Team Up Again to Put New Roofs Over Detroit Veterans’ Heads

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For Habitat Detroit, teaming up with Victors Home Solutions was a straightforward choice. Both organizations share a commitment to providing people with safe, livable structures that residents are proud to call home. The partnership between the two organizations began last November when they replaced the roofs of two local Detroit Veterans’ homes. It continues this year with three additional roof replacement events, the first of which was Wednesday, July 5.

Each new roof donated by Victors Home Solutions is made of high-quality materials that come with the company’s leak-free guarantee. These roofs are completely new, going above and beyond standard building codes to ensure the best for our veterans. The benefits of new roofs are vast, including increased heat retention during winter, water-tight seals to prevent costly interior leaks, and enhancing curb appeal for the neighborhood.

“For every 100 roofs we replace, we donate one to a family in need. It’s a wonderful feeling that on top of receiving a premium product and experience, our customers also benefit knowing they are a part of a community paying it forward,” says Victor Smolyanov, CEO of Victors Home Solutions.

Thanks to its roofing donation commitment, Victors Home Solutions and Habitat Detroit formed an easy partnership. Habitat Detroit may be known for the homes they build for Detroiters in need each year, but they’re also committed to the repair of existing homes for low-income residents and military Veterans living in Detroit through its Critical Home Repair program.

“Our mission has always been committed to providing adequate living situations for Veterans,” says Stephanie Osterland, Habitat Detroit’s Executive Director. “Many Veterans in our neighborhoods have limited resources and health concerns that make our job vital to the community. We’re so grateful to Victors Home Solutions and their donations that allow us to reach our goal of making these homes safe and energy efficient.”

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