Ways To Get Involved

You don’t have to get up on a roof, or know what size screw to put in the vinyl siding – heck, you don’t even need to know how to paint. There are LOTS of ways to get involved with Habitat that DON’T include pounding nails.

  1.  Food! Do you like to make food, cookies, sandwiches, etc.? When our volunteers are on site, it helps them when people bring out a lunch. Not only do they get to sample some of the great cooks of Clinton County, but it helps them get to know each other and the person bringing the food. It can be as simple as cookies or brownies, sandwiches, goulash, or mac & cheese, or as elaborate as you’d like. These guys and gals work up an appetite working on the house – and volunteers LOVE to eat!!! It is truly a blessing to them.
  2. Serve on a committee or work group. There are short-term and longer term committees and work groups. We are currently in need of people willing to serve on the Faith Relations Work Group, the Fund Development Committee and the Gala Work Group. We are also seeking mentors for our current and future home buyers. Two mentors are assigned to every partner home buyers to walk them through the process. They teach them about budgeting, simple home maintenance, saving, neighbor relations and even pets. They help them set up a time schedule for completing their sweat equity hours and have enough savings for when it is time to close. Training is available for all positions – it’s fun and rewarding.
  3. Board of Directors. We are always looking for people who are dedicated to helping people, but want to serve more as a visionary and community advocate than work on the building site. The Board meets every other month – and sometimes additional meetings are added as needed. If you see yourself as a an inventive thinker, you want to help people, and you can help spread the mission of Habitat for Humanity, this might be the position for you!
  4. Small Projects – We get small projects that require help with a handrail, or wheelchair ramp, or painting. Some times those projects are as simple as helping get the newsletter out, or helping in the office. These are usually one-day projects, but your help is needed.

If you see yourself in any of the positions, do not hesitate to call L Quinn. Studies have shown the that the more you connect in your community, the better health you can have. So, do it for you, do it for the community and do it for everyone who benefits from Habitat for Humanity’s mission. You’ll be glad you did!!

Restore Manager

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Michael Piggott is our ReStore manager. Michael is a resident of Fowler and brings a wealth of skills to this position.  He is fun, works hard and makes sure all the volunteers and donors feel appreciated and welcomed.  Stop in and say hello – call him for a pick-up of your donations, or ask him how you can volunteer at the ReStore. You can reach him at restore.manager@habitatclinton.org

The ReStore needs you!

Would you like to volunteer for Habitat?

Our ReStore is in need of volunteers. Please consider volunteering at the ReStore.  If you are unable, please pass the information along to a friend. Volunteer descriptions can be found below:

Position Description
Job Title:           Intake Room Specialist
Reports to:       ReStore Manager
Time Commitment:  4-8 hours per week

JobDescription: Effectively prepare all incoming donations for the sales floor using established pricing, merchandising, and inventory procedures. Assist other volunteers and staff as needed. Also responsible for answering customer questions and providing information about the ReStore and about the Habitat affiliate.

JobResponsibilities:

  • Assist donors and customers with loading and unloading items. Offer every donor a donation receipt and record those that don’t in the notebook.
  • Be aware of the guidelines for what merchandise is accepted and what is not. When in doubt or if you are uncomfortable refusing a donation, ask a manager to help.
  • Test ALL merchandise that has a cord or motor on it.
  • Remove recyclables to the appropriate storage area/containers.
  • Clean all product before placing on the showroom floor.
  • Using the pricing book, determine the department number and price for every item.
  • Tag every item with the department number and price before placing on the floor.  Include the size on the tag when appropriate.
  • Keep the intake room as clean as possible.  Store all tools and cleaning supplies appropriately.
  • Sweep floors when not busy.
  • Empty carts as quickly as possible so they are available for customer assistance.

Skills/Qualifications/Experience:

  • Has work experience in customer service.
  • Strong commitment to ethics, honesty, and integrity in conducting business.
  • Must be people-oriented, flexible, enthusiastic, and willing to advocate the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Clinton County.
  • Exhibit positive working attitude by demonstrating respect for fellow workers, donors and customers.
  • Ability to work in a warehouse environment.
  • Ability to stay on feet for an extended period of time

Benefits:

  • Support the mission of Habitat for Humanity locally.
  • Casual work environment.
  • References gladly given for successful participants.

Homeowner Selection Criteria Policy

Habitat for Humanity of Clinton County is a Christian Ministry which seeks to express the love of God by building adequate housing with people in need.

Habitat for Humanity of Clinton County supports the equal housing opportunity statement which reads, “We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation.  We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, family status, or national origin.”  In compliance with the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Habitat for Humanity of Clinton County will not discriminate against an applicant based on their race, color, religion, sex, handicap, family status, national origin, marital status, age or source of income.

Need

Families or individuals will be considered for a Habitat home when their present housing is not adequate and they are unable to obtain adequate housing through other conventional means.  Lack of adequate housing may include problems with the present structure: water, electrical or sewage service systems; heating system; or failure to meet city property maintenance standards.  Also taken into consideration are the number, the ages and the sex of children compared to the number of bedrooms in their current home, as well as their current rental costs as they relate to their total income.

The percentage of monthly income that is currently spent on housing is considered to determine need.  Applicants will be required to openly and fully discuss their financial situation with a Habitat interviewer.

Applicants will be considered when their total income is not more than 60% of the Clinton County median family income using figures provided by the MSHDA Office of Community Development adjusted annually for the current year.  However, special consideration may be given to those families whose income falls between 60% and 80% of the Clinton County median family income, depending on circumstances.  The 2014 figures are as follows:

Household Size

Minimum Annual Income

Maximum Annual

Income

One

$14,450

$38,500

Two

$16,500

$44,000

Three

$18,550

$49,500

Four

$20,600

$54,950

Five

$22,250

$63,700

Six

$23,900

$63,750

Seven

$25,550

$68,150

When the applicant’s income is within this range, they may be considered to become a Habitat partner.

The applicant is unable to obtain a conventional mortgage loan to purchase a home.  Applicants with an income that would qualify for a conventional mortgage will be encouraged to do so and would not qualify for a Habitat home.

 Ability to Pay

Applicants must demonstrate their ability to pay the monthly mortgage payment.  This payment will include not only the repayment of the mortgage loan, but also the payment for real estate taxes and insurance.  Habitat will provide assistance to determine if this payment will jeopardize the applicant’s ability to meet all other financial obligations and expenses.

The applicant must have a satisfactory credit history and references.  Evidence of capability to pay off all bad debts and financial judgments must exist.  All financial judgments must be cleared prior to closing.  Payments on bad debts must begin immediately upon signing the letter of acceptance.

The applicant must show ability to maintain adequate, steady income, and must demonstrate a history of financial responsibility.

The applicant must pay $1,200 as a down payment toward closing costs no later than one month before occupancy, $200 of which is due at the time of signing the letter of acceptance.

Willingness to Participate as a Partner with Habitat

Once selected, the family or individual will become a “partner” in the Habitat process.  To become a “partner,” they must complete 40 hours of volunteer work per adult prior to groundbreaking with Habitat. These hours will count toward their total “sweat equity” contribution to be completed before becoming a homeowner.  The assistance of the selected family or individual in constructing their own home and the homes of others is called “sweat equity,” and may include clearing the lot, painting, helping with construction, providing food for the volunteers or working at the Habitat ReStore or Habitat office.  A partner must complete 250 hours of sweat equity per adult.  Partners can receive credit of up to 80 hours per adult by applying time put in on their behalf by friends and relatives who join in the work.

If an applicant is not a resident of Clinton County, consideration may be given as long as their current circumstances do not impede their ability to perform sweat equity or ability to pay.

Once moved into the Habitat home, homeowners will be responsible for all further maintenance and repairs.

Partner families will be expected to maintain an on-going relationship prior to and throughout the build process with the Habitat Partner Advocate to include financial counseling and household maintenance education as needed. This relationship will be maintained up to one year after the closing of the mortgage.

 

Day of Prayer

Oct. 6, 2013- Please consider joining the movement and register your church, organization, or group to pray for Human Habitat Internationally!

Register here or call Jenna at 989-227-1771.

The International Day of Prayer and Action for Human Habitat will be observed on World Habitat Day.  The Day of Prayer engages the entire faith community in a dedicated time of prayer and reflection for those in need of shelter.

Through prayer, Habitat for Humanity continues to make a dramatic difference in the lives of people around the world. Many volunteers are drawn to this ministry after hearing God’s call and seeking God’s guidance through prayer.

Other prayers are answered when families and communities grow in the shelter of God’s grace. The hurdles of funding and building homes are overcome through the miracles of prayer.

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.

 

 

Successful Blessing of the Bikers

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Our annual Blessing of the Bikers was a huge success!

The event raised over $2000 for the construction of the Coleman family’s home in St. Johns.

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Among the activities of the day were door prizes, slow drag races, and the Michigan State Police showed off their skills on a motorcycle!