Wonderful turn out at Dream Builders Banquet!

Dream Builders Banquet on October 10th, 2013!

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Volunteer of the Year: Jerry Boyer
  • Jerry has been instrumental in every construction project Habitat has undertaken since 2009 as the crew leader for interior carpentry and wheelchair ramps. With his help, our homes have beautiful shelves and trim. Jerry says he volunteers because, “When we completed a wheelchair ramp for a disabled gentleman and he told us, ‘Now I can go to church on Sunday,’ that’s what makes it all worthwhile.”

Outstanding ReStore Volunteer: David Motz

  • Dave started volunteering in the ReStore two years ago  after he retired. He  enjoys volunteering because he likes to keep busy and enjoys working with the other volunteers. Outside of Habitat, Dave enjoys hunting and    fishing.  Dave has donated more than 1,200 hours to the ReStore and has played a vital role in its growth and  development.
Outstanding Construction Volunteer: Mike Feldpausch
  • Mike began volunteering for Habitat in 2009, working on the Laingsburg house. Mike owns his own construction company, but generously     donates his time to lead our crew of framing    volunteers, ensuring a quality built home. Mike also volunteers on our Construction Committee, which prepares for upcoming builds. Outside of Habitat, Mike and his wife Rebecca enjoy     camping, volleyball and being at the lake.
Outstanding Board/Committee Volunteer: Roger Wells
  • Roger was “volunteered” to join the Board of  Directors by his wife, Theresa, who also serves on the Board. He quickly became the “go to guy” for construction and now leads the Construction Committee. Roger enjoys volunteering with   Habitat because he likes working with other   volunteers, our homeowner partners, and    meeting the challenges of the construction process. Outside of    Habitat, Roger is an avid  golfer and works in real estate.

Outstanding Homeowner Partner: Charles Patterson Family

  • Charles and his family acquired a Habitat home in 2005. Charles owns and operates his own business,  Direct Recycle, which also handles the recycling for Habitat’s ReStore. Charles has remained involved with Habitat because, “I enjoy the people, the environment, and watching the organization grow. We have met and dealt with wonderful people, from the board of directors, to the volunteers and everybody in between.”

Outstanding Church Partner: First United Methodist Church in St. Johns

  • First United Methodist Church in St. Johns has been a consistent supporter of Habitat. By providing volunteers for numerous builds since 2010, participating in the Adopt-A-Week program in Ovid and both St. Johns houses, facilitating a Habitat focused bible school   program and in so many other ways, First UMC has definitely earned this distinction. Pastor Ellen Zienert stated, “Working together on the build is fun. It gives us a feeling of accomplishment and develops a camaraderie among the workers.”
Outstanding Construction Partner: RSI Home Improvement
  • RSI has been a generous supporter of Habitat through both donations of materials and volunteering. RSI has been involved in every build project in Clinton County. Doug Beaufore, the president of RSI, was also part of   Habitat’s founding Board of Directors. RSI enjoys working with Habitat because they like working with the people and supporting their community.
Outstanding Community Partner: Turning Point Youth Center
  • Turning Point has been an amazing source of eager volunteers for Habitat. The youth and staff of TPYC volunteer for Habitat because they know they are helping families, which gives them a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Diana Yount, CEO of Turning Point says, “We feel we get more out of it than we give.” The relationship with Habitat also provides the youth with positive role models who teach them valuable skills.

Evan Pinsonnault, morning news anchor for WLNS, was the MC! State Representative Tom Leonard brought signed tributes by Governor Rick Snyder and himself which he distributed to the award recipients along with the plaques from Habitat.