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Habitat Detroit to Provide Two Veteran Homes with New Roofs

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Through a generous donation from Victor Home Solutions, these home repairs were possible.

DETROIT — Habitat for Humanity Detroit is excited to announce the renovation of the roofs on the homes of two veterans in the Detroit community. On Thursday, November 10, the Victors Home Solutions team, in partnership with Habitat Detroit, will install two new roofs for Veterans in Detroit.

Habitat Detroit has collaborated with Victors Home Solutions to make these critical home repairs possible. These two roofs donated by Victors use high-quality materials that come with the company’s leak-free guarantee.

“For every 100 roofs we replace, we donate one to a family in need. The program scales with every installation, so if we do 2,000 roofs a year, we give away 20. 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.

Through this partnership, Habitat continues to address the real pressing issues of homeowners by connecting them with volunteers and local businesses striving for the same objectives.

“Our mission has always been committed to providing adequate living situations for veterans, but this is never more prominent than during Veterans’ Week,” 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.”

DTE Works with Habitat for Humanity Detroit to Improve Detroit’s North End

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“Good corporate citizenship” is something that many companies talk about but not all companies practice.

DTE Energy is priding itself on not only “talking the talk but also “walking the walk” when it comes to good corporate citizenship. Towards that end, 13 DTE employees spent a day last month working in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Detroit staff and volunteers and neighborhood residents to improve a home in Detroit’s north end community.

They spent the day doing extrerior improvements to the home of Lisa Arnold through Habitat Detroit’s “A Brush With Kindness” initiative. The work included fence repair, door installation, landscaping, and porch reinforcement.

Since 2016 Habitat Detroit has been focusing neighborhood revitalization efforts in the neighborhood through a partnership with Central Detroit Christian Community Development. DTE also considers the area to a critical site. It operates a service center at the nearby intersection of Caniff and Oakland Ave. which houses over 150 employees.

Habitat Detroit is looking to expand its partnership with DTE for future neighborhood revitalization activities and a major community clearnup involving 300 DTE employees is planned for later this month.

Habitat Detroit Partners with FCA US for House Build

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DETROIT, MI, June 10, 2016 – Habitat for Humanity Detroit and FCA US LLC kicked off their 2016 collaborative build this morning in Lincoln Park.  The early morning celebration began with a few brief remarks before FCA US employees raised the walls for a new home on Park Avenue.  The home is the first of three new homes Habitat Detroit is building in Lincoln Park this year.

“Our vital work wouldn’t be possible without the support of great corporate partners like FCA,” said Habitat Detroit’s Executive Director Ken Cockrel, Jr.  “FCA volunteers are dedicated to giving back and truly help us in our mission to build homes, communities and hope.  We are thrilled to welcome FCA back as a sponsor for the second year in a row and look forward to partnering with them as we make the dream of homeownership a reality for a hardworking family.”

“Service is an integral part of our mission, and we are delighted to partner with Habitat Detroit to help another family realize their dream of homeownership,” Lesley Slavitt, Head of Civic Engagement, FCA US LLC, and CEO of the FCA Foundation said. “We wish the new homeowners well as they make this house a home,” Slavitt added.

The FCA Foundation donated $100,000 to sponsor the project, and over the next few weeks, approximately 260 FCA US employees (Motor Citizens) will work on the home – donating an estimated 1,800 hours of labor. Among the volunteers participating in today’s wall raising event were dozens of Ram Nation volunteers that represent the Ram Truck brand.

“Ram truck owners have a strong sense of community and a natural instinct to lend a helping hand to family, friends and neighbors when a need arises,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand, FCA – Global. “Helping to raise the walls on the newest FCA US Habitat for Humanity house today is the perfect opportunity for our Ram Nation volunteers to use their knowhow, skillset and willingness to give back for the benefit of our communities and new homeowners.”

Meanwhile, the Habitat Detroit homeowners will complete a minimum of 250 “sweat equity” hours, as well as financial literacy training in order to qualify for a 0% mortgage.  Ultimately, the partnership between the homeowners, Habitat Detroit and FCA US will culminate in a home dedication ceremony this summer, where the family will receive the keys to their new home.


About Habitat for Humanity Detroit – Habitat for Humanity Detroit is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit ecumenical Christian housing ministry providing decent, safe and affordable housing to low-income families in Detroit. Since 1986, the Detroit affiliate has rehabilitated and/or built new houses for more than 350 families. Financial support, gift-in-kind donations and volunteer labor allow Habitat for Humanity to continue building affordable homes for those in need. For more information please visit www.habitatdetroit.org or call (313) 521-6691.

About the FCA Foundation

Since 1953, the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of FCA US LLC, has invested more $500 million in charitable organizations and initiatives that help empower people, build strong, viable communities, and generate meaningful and measurable societal impacts.

Additionally, FCA US seeks opportunities to support communities through its Motor Citizens® volunteer program. This innovative program enables FCA US salaried employees to use 18 hours of paid time each year to be an Engine for Change by investing their time and talents in community service projects.

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