Midland County Habitat for Humanity had a great day at The Dow Chemical "Take Your Child to Work Day", in the Dow Building Solutions room. Kids and even parents spent some time building some magnificent structures using small blocks of Dow Blue Board, a styrofoam used for insulation. Check out the gallery featuring the wonderful structures and design creations.
TODAY WE CELEBRATE WITH JULIE RAYMOND AND HER DAUGHTER LACI, AS THEY BREAK GROUND ON THE SITE OF THEIR FUTURE HOME.
Building on Julie and Laci's home began several months ago through a partnership with the Greater Michigan Construction Academy. The students of Greater Michigan Construction Academy have completed the initial building stages. The home will now be brought here to this site in late April and placed on its foundation to be further worked on during our Women Build event. (May 8 - May 12).
Shown in the photo is Midland Habitat Construction Manager, Matt Weckesser, Family Advocate, Samantha Nelson, Future Homeowner, Julie Raymond and daughter Laci and Vicar, Josh Parsons from St. Johns Lutheran Church.
Midland County Habitat for Humanity Restore and Midland's Arnold Center coordinate new volunteer partnership program.
Effective March 2017, persons referred by Community Mental Health of Central Michigan to the Arnold Center, will begin volunteering 2-4 hours each week with Midland County Habitat ReStore. Eligible individuals will be supervised by an Arnold Center job coach while volunteering.
According to Dan Laabs, ReStore Manager “the volunteers will garner training in a retail setting that we hope leads to employment for these individuals throughout Midland County.”
In an official statement The Arnold Center stated it is “proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity to provide service to the community through volunteering. Arnold Center individuals will be learning pre-employment skills such as customer service, retail marketing, and stocking while serving their community. It is a win-win for all."
Chris Chamberlain, Arnold Center Vice President comments, “It is community collaborations such as this partnership with Midland County Habitat for Humanity that helps the Arnold Center fulfill its mission; providing the people it serves the opportunity to engage in community inclusive lives. Many of the 250 people the Arnold Center serves each year wish for the same work, volunteer, social and recreational opportunities that are available to all community members. This new collaboration between the Midland County Habitat ReStore and the Arnold Center is yet another step toward shaping a more inclusive Midland community – something we as a community should be very proud of.”
Since 1988, Midland County Habitat for Humanity has helped low-income families in Midland County become new homeowners by bringing people together to build and revitalize decent, energy-efficient, affordable homes. We have proudly built over 80 homes and revitalized over 175 homes within Midland County.
Congratulations to the Schlief family on their new home. The Schlief's closed on their home on November 30, 2016, just in time for the Christmas holiday. On Saturday, January 7, 2017, Midland County Habitat for Humanity officially dedicated the home to the family. Family and friends joined in the celebration. The home was blessed in prayer by Rev. Rhonda Myers of Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church. MCHFH Board President, Gerri Reado welcomed guests to the celebration with the Schlief family. Board Member, Cathy Allen presented the family with a Bible and Matt Weckesser, Construction Manager talked about the remodel of this recycled Habitat Home and the energy improvements that were made.
Special thanks to Floyd Arbor Gleaners, Ginger Kruger for sponsoring the dedication and their donation of a fire extinguisher. Thank you to the Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network, Sally Ann Sutton for the wonderful food baskets, Warm-Up America Group for the warm handmade blanket, Sharing Tree for the kitchenware, Assumption BVM for the baskets of household goods and Joyce Glover of Alpha Kappa Alpha for the donation of bedding for all the children.
Congratulations to the Schlief Family!
Bennett and Amanda Schlief were excited to take ownership if their new home on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. As a Partner Family, Bennett and his wife Amanda have been putting in sweat equity hours as part of their commitment as a Partner Family. The family needed to give 400 hours of sweat equity, the first 100 hours had to be completed within the first 6 months of being selected. The sweat equity hours consisted of volunteering their time at the Midland Habitat ReStore, the front Office, at Habitat Construction sites and participating in Financial and Homeowner Classes. All their hard work was realized as they closed on their new home. The family is looking forward to spending Christmas in their new home this year.
We wish them many years of happiness and welcome them to our Habitat Family.