Congratulations, Dawn Elliot — recipient of the Habitat Detroit Mission Impact Award

Congratulations, Dawn Elliot — recipient of the Habitat Detroit Mission Impact Award 1200 800 habitatdetroit

Congrats to Dawn Elliot, a Habitat Detroit Mission Impact Award winner! Dawn is a Loan Officer at First Merchants Bank and has assisted us in six home closings (with one more pending)!

The Mission Impact Award is given to those whose partnership, dedication, and hard work align with Habitat Detroit’s mission of providing greater access to safe and affordable housing.

We’re grateful for Dawn’s immeasurable expertise and dedication to helping homeowners navigate complex details during closings. On behalf of our entire Habitat Detroit team, we extend our deepest gratitude to her for being an incredible partner. Her commitment and heart have truly helped us in building homes, communities, and hope in Detroit!

Meet the Rodriguez Family

Meet the Rodriguez Family 1200 800 habitatdetroit

A month after her home dedication, Pernella Rodriguez is thankful. What was once considered a pipe dream has become reality. Through hard work on her end, along with the support of Habitat Detroit volunteers and staff, Pernella is now a first-time homeowner!

Pernella shared: “I want to stand next to those who helped make this dream more than just a fantasy, more than just a wish, and the realization that it is possible to obtain. I want to grasp the safety, security, and a sense of belonging in my neighborhood and community.”

During her homeownership journey, Pernella often looked to others further along in the process for inspiration. But with her successful home closing last month, the tables have turned and she’s now the one inspiring others! To Pernella and the whole Rodriguez family, welcome home!

Attention Habitat Detroit Homeowners!!

Attention Habitat Detroit Homeowners!! 1200 800 habitatdetroit

Do you know any first-time home buyers interested in Habitat Detroit? Receive up to $175* when you refer family & friends!

At Habitat Detroit, we value our homeowners and believe that they are our best advocates. That’s why we’ve introduced the Homeowner Referral Incentive Program to reward you for spreading the word about the benefits of homeownership with Habitat Detroit.

Here’s how it works: Refer a friend or family member to the Habitat Detroit Homebuyer program. Make sure they note your name as a referral on their application! Once they are approved and they attend the welcome meeting, you’ll receive a $25 gift card as a token of our appreciation. But that’s not all! Once your referred friend or family member closes on their new home, you’ll receive an additional $150 gift card.

So, if you know someone who dreams of owning a home and could benefit from Habitat Detroit’s affordable housing solutions, don’t hesitate to refer them to us. Together, we can create a stronger and more vibrant community.

For more information, please email [email protected]

Please note: This program is exclusive to Habitat Detroit homeowners and is subject to certain terms and conditions.

Meet the Flores Family

Meet the Flores Family 1200 800 habitatdetroit

For many children in Detroit, the idea of a safe and secure home is a foreign concept. This was true for Gabby Flores, who moved around a lot during her own childhood. While she faced many challenges in this experience, never having a “family home” also instilled dreams in her of planting her roots and finding financial stability so that she could be the best mom possible for her own young girls.

Gabby took it upon herself to make these dreams a reality. While keeping her eyes on the prize of attaining financial stability, she was able to work her way up to management roles in her professional life. Next, she set her sights on homeownership, and found hope in Habitat Detroit.

Since joining our program in 2022, the entire Flores family have been active participants in our programming: They were always eager and willing to build up sweat equity hours at volunteer builds, participate in events and classes, and develop their own buying power. In just a short time, Gabby was standing in front of their new home with tears in her eyes, imagining where she would put her plants, which rooms her girls would stay in, and how they would continue to build a beautiful and fruitful life in a place they could call their own.

“Habitat Detroit has changed my life by helping me become a homeowner and allowing me to play a role in the homeownership journey for other Habitat families,” says Flores. “Most importantly my daughters see that with hard work and dedication they too can become homeowners.”

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