The DIY Detroit program will strengthen Habitat Detroit’s neighborhood revitalization efforts by enabling the organization to more strategically focus on rehabilitation and critical home repairs.
The objective of DIY Detroit is to establish a core group of skilled volunteers dedicated to year-round rehabilitation work.
The DIY Detroit program will be structured as follows:
Point of Entry – A unique component of DIY Detroit is the integration of Habitat Detroit’s ReStore into the training and program funding model. Using the ReStore as the point of entry for DIY Detroit participants will enable Habitat Detroit to increase exposure of the ReStore, convert do-it-yourself customers into volunteers and begin establishing the store as a community hub for all things home-related.
Classroom Instruction – A series of DIY Home Repair and Maintenance classes will be offered at Habitat Detroit’s ReStore as the first component of the DIY Detroit program. Not only will these classes be available to those interested in becoming a specialized Habitat Detroit volunteer, but also to individuals in need of instruction on how to repair and maintain their own homes. Topics will include: Basic Home Repair Tools; Energy-Efficient Upgrades; Exterior Repair; Minor Plumbing Repair; Advanced Plumbing; Minor Electrical Repair; Interior Painting; and Home Safety/Security.
Hands-On Training – Participants will have the opportunity to practice in the field through Habitat Detroit’s ongoing construction work. Focusing on rehabilitations and critical repair, DIY Detroit program participants will work under the supervision of seasoned construction professionals as they put their classroom knowledge into action. While participants will be assisting Habitat Detroit in its neighborhood revitalization work, they will also be perfecting the skills needed to repair and maintain their own homes and acquiring the leadership skills to train and lead novice volunteers in future rehabilitation projects.