State Farm and Habitat for Humanity Detroit Partner to Provide Safe, Stable Housing to Neighbors in Need

State Farm and Habitat for Humanity Detroit Partner to Provide Safe, Stable Housing to Neighbors in Need 1200 800 habitatdetroit
State Farm has provided $15,000 in grant funding for the Habitat Detroit homeownership program

Habitat for Humanity Detroit and State Farm have teamed up to build homes, community, and hope in and around the city of Detroit.

State Farm has provided a grant in the award amount of $15,000 to help Habitat Detroit provide homeownership opportunities to first-time, low-to-moderate income individuals and families. With plans to complete six homes for the program in the current fiscal year, Habitat seeks to help bridge the racial wealth gap and provide families with access to generational wealth. This year’s projects include four rehabs of existing, blighted properties and two new build homes. All of these projects will be completed in the Morningside neighborhood on Detroit’s east side.

“Working with partners like State Farm allows us to make a true, lasting impact on our communities,” said Stephanie Osterland, Habitat Detroit’s CEO. “When companies invest in our work, they are touching lives for generations to come. Here at Habitat Detroit we are grateful for every opportunity we are given through these partnerships which allow us to build the future of Detroit.”

Funds from State Farm will help cover costs associated with the build projects and other aspects of the homeownership program including homeowner education. State Farm employees will be invited to join Habitat Detroit on a build site and put their hands to work to complete a home for one of Habitat Detroit’s current homeowners in waiting.

Thanking Sylvia Hubbard, Habitat Board Member and Habitat Homeowner, for Six Years of Service

Thanking Sylvia Hubbard, Habitat Board Member and Habitat Homeowner, for Six Years of Service 1200 800 habitatdetroit

Thank you to long-time Habitat for Humanity Detroit board member, advocate, and homeowner Sylvia Hubbard, who recently completed her term and stepped back after six years on the board! Sylvia has an incredible story and despite life’s immense challenges, was a constant source of inspiration and positivity during her time volunteering with Habitat Detroit.

About a decade ago, Sylvia’s life changed in just 8 minutes. A house fire quickly claimed the home she shared with her three children, as well as all of their belongings. A fund set up by neighbors overnight reminded Sylvia that there is hope and support in the community. From a very low place, Sylvia discovered Habitat Detroit and began looking into the program. In near-record time, Sylvia completed the homeownership process to become a homeowner!

Her positive experience going through the program inspired Sylvia to continue working with Habitat Detroit on a volunteer basis. She realized early on that she was helping people who had been through similar experiences and hardships. “I was helping an organization which did more than just build houses, they built hope when one felt all hope was gone,” Sylvia noted in a blog post.

Thanks to her enthusiasm and commitment to Habitat Detroit, Sylvia was selected to serve as the Homeowner Advocate Representative for the Habitat Detroit Board six years ago. During her final year of service, she served as the board’s Vice President. Sylvia has spent countless hours volunteering and supporting homeowners at home dedication ceremonies, at volunteer days, and at Habitat Detroit events.

“While serving on the board, Sylvia expertly represented the voice of the community and of Habitat homeowners,” remarked Stephanie Osterland, CEO of Habitat Detroit. “She was a fierce advocate for her peers, ensuring others had access to better housing and homeownership. She has truly embodied what it means to be a board member. We are honored that she chose to invest her time and attention to further our mission in Detroit.”

Sylvia’s positive attitude and omnipresent smile has been a source of so much hope and happiness over the 10+ years we’ve known her. And a decade after the tragic house fire, the Hubbard family is thriving. Sylvia’s three children are grown now, but they always have a place to call home.

Long-Time Volunteer, Keith Kolodsick, Celebrates 20 Years with Habitat Detroit

Long-Time Volunteer, Keith Kolodsick, Celebrates 20 Years with Habitat Detroit 1200 800 habitatdetroit

This month we’re recognizing long-time Habitat Detroit volunteer, Keith Kolodsick! Along with his two sons, he started volunteering back in 2004. For twenty years we’ve had the great pleasure of working with him.

Inspired by their work on the Jimmy Carter Project in 2005, (where 30 homes were built in a week!) Keith and his sons decided to make their volunteer shifts a regular family event and began volunteering once monthly, then twice monthly. Once Keith caught the Habitat volunteering bug, you couldn’t stop him! In retirement, he kicked up his volunteer efforts even more.

Keith was a key volunteer on many Habitat Detroit milestone builds over the last twenty years including the Super Build before the Superbowl, Blitz Builds, and the Jane Street Renovation. He’s known as a “Habitual,” a member of a group of dedicated volunteers known for their commitment and talent. They work mainly on Habitat builds, but lend a hand with other community organizations in need of their expertise.

Recently, Keith has become the unofficial historian of Habitat Detroit, thanks in large part to his passion and talent as a photographer. His photos have helped us document important Habitat Detroit milestone events since 2006. Take a look below at some of his incredible work below.

Over the years, Keith has been recognized for his volunteer work. First in 2009 with the Scot Norris Super Hero Award, and then again in 2013 as the Habitat Detroit Volunteer of the Year.

Thank you, Keith, for all that you’ve done for Habitat Detroit and the community over the past twenty years!

Habitat Detroit on WDIV with Rocket Mortgage

Habitat Detroit on WDIV with Rocket Mortgage 1200 800 habitatdetroit

Ahead of the NFL Draft in Detroit our Director of Philanthropy, Mary Ellen Kearney, was invited to come on Detroit’s WDIV to discuss the exciting partnership between Habitat for Humanity and Rocket Mortgage.

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