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					                                                  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.

                                                                             Name
 Or what about helping one of our other partner families that have suf-
                                                                             Address ____________________________
fered illness, loss of income, or some other major setback? If you have
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felt the pinch of rising costs, or the sting of reduced income or past-due   Phone ____________            email ________________________________
bills, you may know what it is like for many of the families we serve—       Amount $_________
who typically earn half of the median income. We can only help them if       Please charge my gift on my credit card        VISA   MC

you do.                                                                      Card Number _________________________________ Exp. Date _________
                                                                             Signature ______________________________________

 Before you go to sleep tonight, please fill out the attached form with a    I/we would like this gift to be made in honor / memory of (circle one):

generous donation to express the blessings in your life. Remember
                                                                             Please send an acknowledgement card to:
Hebrews 13:16 “And do not forget to do good and to share with others,
                                                                             Name
for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
                                                                             Address ____________________________
 May God continue to bless you and keep you this Christmas season            City                                   State               Zip
and throughout the New Year.



          Executive Director                                                   Saginaw HFH is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Your donations are tax-deductible.
                                                                                             Make checks payable to Saginaw Habitat for Humanity.
                                                 www.saginawhfh.org
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
initiatives.
   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.
Holidays 2007
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-
kenmuth.
   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
live auction?
   A pheasant and chukar hunt, re-
ports Saginaw Habitat employee
Sharon Block.
   Huh?
   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
Johnson, ReStore
                                             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.
           Klement Press
                                             The entire staff at Anna Luis Salon        The 70 customers also bid on silent
         for discounted printing
                                           & Day Spa in Saginaw Township,             auction items.
       Dedicated volunteers
             for assembly                  owned by Luis Jimenez, spent their

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                                                                         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

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Holidays 2007

                                 KEYSTONE SPONSORSHIPS
                                    Hemlock Semiconductor

                               CORNERSTONE SPONSORSHIPS
                                       Chemical Bank
                                 Stevens Worldwide Van Lines

                                   ANCHOR SPONSORSHIPS
                                               Gold
                               Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland
                                         Flagstar Bank

                                               Silver
                                        Central Warehouse
                                            National City
                                  Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
                                      UBS Financial Services
                                              WSGW

                                              Bronze
                                     CMI Schneible Company
                                           Glastender
                               Home Builders Association of Saginaw
                                    Moulthrop-Clift Insurance
                                      The Rehmann Group

                                              Copper
                             Allstate Insurance Company – Lon Woock
                                     Credit Services of Michigan
                                              Eikenhout
                                      Future Insurance Agency
                                         Hamilton Street Pub
                                        R & R Ready Mix, Inc.
                               Saginaw Valley Bone and Joint Center
                                 Timberline Emergency Physicians

                                BRICKS AND MORTAR SPONSORSHIPS

                Patron                                       Friend
                Craig and Joan Douglas                       Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.
                Greg Hollingsworth                           Dr. Ray Mangulabnan
                                                             Judy Napierala
                                                             Matt Reno
                                                             Ward Building Products, Inc.


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                                                                                            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.
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Holidays 2007
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               ! In this issue….       Home repair program to launch soon                   Page 1
                                                                               In memoriam…
      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


                                           Major Contributors
   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


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