Madonna Morris is the Don’t know what to give that special neighbor, friend, loved one for
Christmas? Consider a donation to Habitat in their name.
owner of our House #1.
She helped build her $20 could purchase a 50# box nails to finish a Habitat house
$50 could help purchase a kitchen sink
house with our very first
$75 could help purchase an interior door and hardware
caring volunteers back in 1989 and she purchased that house with a $100 could help purchase one window unit
$200 could help purchase a tub/shower unit
no-interest loan in January 1990. Madonna now owes less than $5,000
on her mortgage. Madonna Morris is also critically ill with cancer. She is With a donation of $75 or more we will send you a coupon for you to
pick up our new Limited Edition Saginaw Habitat for Humanity Christ-
unable to work and therefore unable to pay the last bit of her mortgage.
mas ornament, along with a gift card to be given to the recipient. This
Can you help us to help her? You may be able to make a gift that will ornament, on your tree or on someone else’s tree, will be a reminder of
the positive changes that are being made in the lives of families need-
help pay off her mortgage.
ing decent, affordable places to live and of how much your kindness
and generosity mean to a new Habitat family.
As a ministry, the only thing we give away is the opportunity to be
These ornaments must be picked up at our ReStore at 315 W. Holland.
successful. We count on your generous donations and the dedication of (Sorry, we do not have the capability of shipping/mailing ornaments).
thousands of volunteers to provide that opportunity to families in need
of decent, affordable housing.
Or what about helping one of our other partner families that have suf-
fered illness, loss of income, or some other major setback? If you have
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Volume No. 12 Issue No. 2 Holidays 2007
Something new at Saginaw Habitat ...
a Neighborhood Improvement Program and a Home Repair Program
In October, the Saginaw Habitat for
Humanity Board approved two new
One will involve partnering with
neighborhood associations and the
other seeks to recruit volunteers
handy at home repairs.
While the building of new homes will
continue, says Saginaw Habitat Ex-
ecutive Director Paul Warriner, there
also is a need to help deteriorating
neighborhoods improve and to help
struggling homeowners make vital
repairs to their existing properties.
“It is important that we get involved
in neighborhoods before they deterio-
rate,” says Warriner. “And with so
many vacant houses in Saginaw, we
need to limit our new construction and Virgil Horton works on the Joy St. rehab this past summer.
shore up what exists.”
The Neighborhood Improvement says Warriner. percent interest loan.
Program, is an outgrowth of the de- * This program is aimed mainly at * Should the repair require a profes-
funct Christmas in July/Rebuilding properties in the City of Saginaw. sional electrician or plumber, Saginaw
Saginaw program that gave its assets * Most of the projects will take a day Habitat will hire the workers and the
to Saginaw Habitat when it folded. or less. homeowner will pay them.
As it is planned: The Home Repair Program * Saginaw Habitat will hire a staff
* Saginaw Habitat must be invited by Some homeowners are struggling member to co-ordinate this program,
a neighborhood association to help with the means (both money and will seek to recruit new volunteers to
paint the exterior or clear out brush physical labor) to do such things as work in this program, and will fund-
and garbage around an occupied build a handicapped ramp, fix a leak- raise for it separately from its new
home that is a blight on the neighbor- ing roof or deal with furnace issues — builds program.
hood. to the point they often abandon the * This program is aimed at the entire
* Saginaw Habitat will provide things home. county of Saginaw.
like a dumpster and help on the labor This program is expected to begin in Both programs are for homeowners
needed, but members of the associa- February. Interested persons may call only, not renters.
tion community also are required to the Habitat office, 753-5200. “We have talked about doing this for
work. * Saginaw Habitat will provide the vol- a long time,” says Warriner. “The
“We don’t want to watch the unteer labor and the homeowner will board voted to do it.”
neighborhood watching us work,” pay for the materials through a zero
Attn: Saginaw County: Habitat may have a home just for you or someone you know. See it you
qualify for a new or rehab home by calling 753-5200.
Auction dinner a winner
More than 200 people attended the
third Saginaw Habitat for Humanity
Builders’ Club Auction, held in Octo-
ber at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Fran-
Silent auction items brought in
$4,670 and live auction items went
one better at $4,960. The gross of the
evening was $36,380 and the net
ended up at a robust $27,833.
So what was the hot item during the
A pheasant and chukar hunt, re-
ports Saginaw Habitat employee
Auctioneers Art Lewis and Marty
Three hunters and their dog await a successful bidder for their quest .
Wegner helped an avid hunter to
cough up nearly $500 for an organ- lunch, chukar hunt in the afternoon; all we met the goals we had for the event
ized pheasant and chukar (we’re told in Frankenmuth. this year.”
it’s some kind of game bird) hunt on “We were happy with the turnout of Pages 3 and 4 contain a list of all
private properties. people and the venue,” says Block. “A the people who donated live and si-
Pheasant hunt in the morning, lot of Habitat volunteers attended, and lent auction items.
Board of Directors
Roger Scovill, President Jim Doane,
2007 was a rough year
Vice President Al Napier, Secretary
Andrew Rose, Treasurer John Ar- With the downturn in the Michigan riner, “but this year was a ‘perfect
chambeau Mary Ann Badour Rev. and national economy, Saginaw Habi- storm’ with the downturn in the econ-
William Brown William Cook Rev. tat struggled a bit in 2007, says Ex- omy, relocation of families and death
Paulette Cummings Rev. Charles ecutive Director Paul Warriner. or illness.
Guerreno Sharon Howell Christina Two Habitat homes went into fore- “We expect things to bounce back,
Jones Bridget Smith Herbert closure when their owners could no but this is why we are looking at more
Spence Jr., Executive Director Emeritus
longer afford payments, two went into rehab projects and less new construc-
and Life Member
probate when their owners died, and tion. It may be a couple of years be-
Staff: Paul Warriner, Executive Director three Saginaw Habitat homeowners fore we do a nine or 10 house blitz
Cameron Brady, Development Man- moved to new employment outside of build again.”
ager Sr. Lois Ann Sheaffer, Family Saginaw. “We also want to get the word out to
Relations Coordinator Courtney Fitz- “Usually no more than one or two returning (military) veterans...consider
patrick, Financial Manager Debra homes turn over in a year,” says War- us.”
Drake-Davis, ReStore Manager Mike
Bebeau, Construction Manager Sharon
Block Mariann Rothschild, Office Coor-
dinator Dick Parks, Assistant Treasurer
Leonard Williams, ReStore Carol
Anna Luis Spa staff raised $2,500
The fundraising day at the spa re- Sunday of Sept. 16 giving pedicures,
ported in the last Saginaw Habitat manicures, massages, facials and
Saginaw Habitat Highlights newsletter raised more than $2,500, haircuts for $15 to $20 — services
is published quarterly by
which was divided between Saginaw that normally would have cost $25 to
Saginaw Habitat for Humanity
Janet I. Martineau, editor
Habitat for Humanity and the Hair- $39. Pedicures got the most custom-
dressers Unlocking Hope organization ers, followed by massages and fa-
Special thanks to:
helping victims of Hurricane Katrina. cials.
The entire staff at Anna Luis Salon The 70 customers also bid on silent
for discounted printing
& Day Spa in Saginaw Township, auction items.
for assembly owned by Luis Jimenez, spent their
Saginaw Habitat Highlights
Thank you auction donors!
AAA—Carol Fritz Frankenmuth Leather and Sue Onitveros
Abele Greenhouse Covered Bridge Opperman’s Cork ‘N Ale
and Garden Center Frankenmuth Toy and Kite Co. Osterman Jewelers
Advanced Therapeutic Fraternal Order of Police Outback Steakhouse
Affordable Portables Lodge 105 Paradise Island Tan
Amalgamated Credit Union Future Insurance Parrot Bay Tanning
American Metal Roofs, Inc. Gaertner’s Greenhouse and Pit and Balcony
Answer Heating and Cooling, Inc. Flower Shop Gloria Platko
Apple Mountain Resort Garber Buick Pleasant View Golf Course
Applebee’s Gardner Provenzano Schauman Prestige Jewelry
Audiocraft Publishing, Inc. & Thomas ReMax Valley, Inc.
Award and Sports, Inc. Amy Garrett Equal Opportunity Committee
Bavarian Inn Lodge Genji Japanese Steakhouse Restorative Touch
Bayne’s Apple Valley Farm Germania Town and Country Club Riverside Family Restaurant
Big Apple Bagel Gibson’s Service Center, Inc. Riverside Saginaw Film Festival
billy’s Contracting, Inc. Gordon Food Service Rummel Agency
Binder’s Hallmark Great Lakes Loons Saginaw Choral Society
Ken Block Hi-Tech Optical Saginaw Spirit
Carrollton High School Holy Cross Christian Supply Saginaw Valley State University
Athletic Assn. Horizons Conference Center Saginaw 8/The Quad
Carrollton Lions Club House of Bowsie Sam’s Club
Castle Museum Humor Us Shamrock Party Shoppe
Catholic Federal Credit Union In the Zone Sol-Air Heating and
Aaron Cederberg Jimmy John’s Air Conditioning
Centennial Securities Roger Kahn’s Office Sport Horse Center
Champagne and Marx Kerry Kalahar Stanley Steemer
Children’s Zoo Michael Zehnder Keller Staples
at Celebration Square Woody Zehnder Keller Jim Stoppleworth
Carol Chisholm Kelley Glass Subway
Chuck’s Golf Ken’s Sewing Center Sullivan’s Black Forest
Clark Hardware Kokomo’s Team One Credit Union
Coffee Beanery Lee Tents The Temple Theatre
Colorworks by Bonnie LifeNet of Michigan Tony’s
Complete Auto The Listening Room Tri-City Lock
Culver’s MSU Extension Service Tri-City Wood Carvers
Dale Kildee’s Office MacDonald’s Broadcasting, Inc. Twin Brooks Golf course
dawn of a new day Maple Leaf Golf Course United Financial Credit Union
Detroit Pistons Janet I. Martineau W.L. Case and
Detroit Red Wings The Maytag Store Company Furniture
Diamonds and Jewelry Unlimited McDonald Pontiac-GMC-Cadillac Wally’s Old Fashioned
Jim Doane McDonald’s Sandwich Shoppe
Craig and Joan Douglas Meadowcreek Clothiers Wanigas Credit Union
The Dow Event Center Meijer Paul Warriner
Doyle Appraisal Michigan CardioVascular Institute Wescourt Retirement Residence
Firehouse Car Wash Mike Young Pontiac-GMC The Work Wear Store
First Area Credit Union National City Tiny Zehnder Family
Four Points Sheraton Barb Noyes-Stark Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth
Laura Fox Nuechterlein’s Jewelry
Frankenmuth Cheese Haus Gussie O’Malley
Remember Saginaw Habitat for Humanity in your estate planning
Stevens Worldwide Van Lines
Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
UBS Financial Services
CMI Schneible Company
Home Builders Association of Saginaw
The Rehmann Group
Allstate Insurance Company – Lon Woock
Credit Services of Michigan
Future Insurance Agency
Hamilton Street Pub
R & R Ready Mix, Inc.
Saginaw Valley Bone and Joint Center
Timberline Emergency Physicians
BRICKS AND MORTAR SPONSORSHIPS
Craig and Joan Douglas Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.
Greg Hollingsworth Dr. Ray Mangulabnan
Ward Building Products, Inc.
Saginaw Habitat Highlights
Coming next, a Habitat home in Hemlock?
Following the successful Saginaw Habitat Executive Director Paul War- updates.
Habitat for Humanity build of a new riner, “and we do build there. But we “We’ll fix it up, a partner family will
house in Chesaning, eyes are now on also want to get the word out that we go through the process of qualifying
Hemlock. are willing to and want to build new and do their sweat equity, and then
Saginaw Habitat was offered an homes and rehab old ones in the we’ll sell them the house at our cus-
existing home in the village of Hem- whole county. tomary zero interest.
lock, paid $20,000 for it, and is now “The housing needs in the out- “It’s a good house in a good loca-
looking for its traditional church part- county are staggering. Most people tion.”
ners and/or new ones to help rehab it do not realize that. And we also want In addition, a small house on Dela-
and a family to approve for settling to build where people want to live.” ware in Saginaw was donated to
there. The Hemlock house is around Saginaw Habitat a month ago. War-
“There is the perception that we just 1,100-square feet, includes a garage, riner says an addition to it is being
build in the city of Saginaw,” says and needs cabinetry and landscaping considered as part of the rehab there.
Meet Habitat board member Paulette La Verne Cummings ...
Paulette is one of our new board members at Saginaw joined 40 other
Habitat for Humanity and is a co-pastor at St. John Evan- members of her
gelical Lutheran Church, 915 Federal in Saginaw. congregation during
She was the third born in a family of six children to the a blitz build.
Rev. and Mrs. LaVoy Spooner of Dayton, Ohio. The “It’s one of those
family moved to Germantown, Ohio, and all of the chil- life-changing things
dren graduated from the small high school there. that happens to peo-
Paulette had been active in her home congregation, ple,” she says of her
Unity Baptist, for many years: teaching Sunday school, work on builds. “This
singing in the choir, ushering. After completing a bache- is something tangi-
lor’s degree in speech therapy, she began to work for the ble we can do to
Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Dayton. help people in
After that office closed, Paulette began to work for two need.”
Lutheran churches, doing outreach ministry with the poor Paulette is the
and homeless. After working there for seven years, she mother of three chil-
entered Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio — dren: Chauncey, Carrie and Kevin. She is also the
graduating in 1999. grandmother of 10 grandchildren who live in three differ-
She was called to serve as pastor of St. John in ent states. Her oldest grandchild, Tinia, has been ac-
Saginaw Lutheran Church downtown — and started cepted at Howard University for next year, where she will
slinging a hammer with Habitat that same year as she pursue a degree in medicine.
Capital Campaign update
Good news. Saginaw Habitat repairs, improvements and other
for Humanity has raised just over upkeep needs of the property
$400,000 in capital campaign through the years.
money for its new home at 315 In case you’ve not driven by
W. Holland — where the offices, lately, Saginaw Habitat volun-
ReStore and warehouse are now teers and staff are constructing
one. an extended facade over the
Still in the works is the second front of the building to provide a
part of the capital campaign to more cohesive look with the fa-
raise another $100,000 as a cade already there. That too has
“contingency fund” that will pro- been paid for, but the work is not
Workers install framing for the new façade. vide an endowment to pay for yet completed.
Permit No. 322
315 W. Holland Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48602
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! In this issue…. Home repair program to launch soon Page 1
Love to play on eBay? IN HONOR OF …
Who would have guessed the to oversee selling even more stuff Cynthia Kroll
Saginaw Habitat’s ReStore would and shipping it out of state. Della Wilder
find customers on the Internet’s By the way, ReStore is starting to Kim Griffin
popular eBay site where all things prove itself. Gross sales are $14,000 Richard Bruce
are sold all the time all over the to $15,000 a month — impressive
world. given the fact some IN MEMORY OF …
ReStore reports sales are only $20
having items in the at a time. Ron Salbenblatt
store which had not The goal next Neil Proulx
sold in a year but year is $20,000 a
sold the first day month, and there
they were posted are plans to raise
on eBay — making several thousand public awareness to achieve that —
dollars in a short time. both to attract customers and to en- See our newsletter
Saginaw Habitat is seeking an e- courage more people and busi-
Bay “Power Seller” — someone RE- nesses to donate used, discontinued
in full color at
AALLLY good at working the site — or overstocked items. www.saginawhfh.org
Thank you to the following groups and individuals who contributed more than $1,000 since the last newsletter:
Ames United Methodist Church Dena and Clark Donahue Frankenmuth United Methodist Church Freeland
United Methodist Church Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church St. Lorenz Willing Workers St. Mary’s of Michigan
Ss. Peter and Paul Church