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Habitat for Humanity Detroit Helps Family of 3 Get New Home for Holidays

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LINCOLN PARK, Mich. – Ira Harris and her children were living with family in Detroit but needed a place to call their own.

She heard about Habitat for Humanity in Detroit.

“I heard it on the news, Channel 4 (WDIV), and I looked it up and I fit all the requirements, so why not?” she said.

But it wouldn’t be easy. Ground was broken on the home in Lincoln Park last fall, then the organization hit money issues and needed a financial rehab of its own.

“(We had) a number of houses where we stopped, including this one. In the spring time we were able to put people back to work, resume constructions, getting them finished and getting them into the hands of people like Ira,” said Ken Cockrel Jr., executive director of Habitat for Humanity Detroit.

The gorgeous home wasn’t just given to Ira. She earned it.

Read more at ClickonDetroit.com…

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.

2015 Blitz Build

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Thank You….

Everyone leaves behind footprints in the sands of time, but your footprints will be engraved in stone for future generations to follow.  On behalf of Habitat for Humanity Detroit and our family partners, thank you for volunteering for the 2015 Blitz Build and turning dreams of homeownership for families into reality.

Watch this video recap from Blitz Build Detroit 2015 and share with your friends on social media!

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Sylvia Hubbard – Habitat Detroit Homeowner Story

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Two years ago I can say I would have never imagined my house burning to the ground in 8 minutes and losing everything.

In my world, where my middle name is Murphy’s Law & I live in Detroit, I was at a point in my life – a sort of ceiling – where I thought it was the quiet before the beautiful storm of blessing. I was a single mom of three, working hard, sacrificing my happiness, my time and everything for everyone around me.

I would have never imagined being homeless or being so stressed about why this was happening to me on a day to day basis.

I thought if I do my best to do good, then I should get good back.

But when everything happened a year ago – my house burning down – I knew things like that only happened in a utopia. I lost hope – all hope.

The storm didn’t come with fluffy clouds or beautiful rainbows. This storm came with hail the size of basketballs, tsunamis and wind to knock me so far on my butt, I thought I would never get up.

As I sunk to the bottom of the bucket of my life, I would look up and say I’m really never going to see sunshine.

What hope I had I poured into my children because I couldn’t let them see the misery we had gone into. I wanted them to be there, but not stay there and all my prayers would be for them and for what they wanted.

As I [was accepted] and took apart [in] the Habitat Detroit project, I had hope for just my children to see the fruition.

Each time I picked up a hammer, walked the long aisle of the ReStore, trudged down streets to my volunteer assignments or waited for long periods for the bus, I repeatedly told myself my children would be safe, my children would be happy, my children would know what home meant.

Yet as I continued to help paint, cut wood, nail down boards, stock shelves, unpack trucks and so on and on… a new realization came… I was helping someone.

I was helping some unknown person who had been in my shoes, or who was going to be in my shoes. I was helping an organization which did more than just build houses, they built hope, when one felt all hope was gone.

Habitat Detroit is not about hard work, sweat, long hours and muscle strain. Somehow you don’t remember that.

Not when you’re doing something that you know will give something to someone like me…


Something that’s more powerful than all the tsunamis and hurricanes in the world. More powerful than anything you can ever imagine.

And more priceless than all the riches in all the world.

One tiny mustard seed of hope can give a person the little bit of strength to bench press the universe.

Habitat Detroit gave me back my hope… Habitat Detroit gave me back my utopia.

For my children, I thank you… For my peace of mind, I thank you and most of all, from my heart, I thank you.

I so hope my words have given others who don’t know about the organization an inspiration to help however they can; either by picking up a hammer, volunteering their time or making monetary contributions.

I thank you all who do help in advance. It means a lot you’ve helped this organization that builds not only houses in the community, but hope in people’s hearts.

*Story used by permission from @SylviaHubbard1

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