Granite City Brewery Raises Funds for Habitat Oakland County Women Build

Granite City Food and Brewery

Help Raise Funds for Habitat Oakland County’s Women Build

Dine out to support a Habitat Oakland County Women Build fundraiser on Thursday, Jan. 26th!  Print and present this flyer to your server at Granite City Food & Brewery in Troy, Northville or Detroit to participate in the Women Build fundraiser.   Twenty percent of your entire tab, including liquor and to-go orders will be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County’s Women Build. #thanksforyoursupport #dine2donate

Women Build is a home build initiative led by women of Oakland County for women in Oakland County!  It is an incredible project to be part of because 80 to 90 percent of the work is done by women!  We seek to educate and remind women from all walks of life of the power they possess. Women can come together to raise funds and build a new home.

We prove that great things can happen when women come together to do good in our community! Join our Women Build mailing list today to get all of the details by clicking in the right-hand corner of this page.  It is our goal to use women for all aspects of this build, including contractors, skilled trades, construction supplies and equipment, site supervisors, fundraising and volunteers. Please help us identify potential sponsors, women-owned businesses, and others who want to connect with Habitat Oakland County! No experience is needed!

Granite City Food & Brewery in Troy, Northville or Detroit is a polished casual American restaurant featuring fresh, high-quality menu items prepared from made-from-scratch recipes.  Their vision is to create an exceptional Guest experience by delivering outstanding hospitality and distinctive value to all of our Guests.  We will do this by empowering our people and having fun in the process. We are committed to providing that same value and return on investment to our Stakeholders.  In order to achieve our mission we will conduct our business with the following vision statement in mind:  “Every Guest, Every Day”

 

 

Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County’s Response to Habitat Detroit News

In light of yesterday’s news from Habitat for Humanity Detroit, we want to ensure our homebuyers, future homebuyers, donors, volunteers and employees that Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County and our ReStores of Oakland County remain in healthy operation.  Each local affiliate works with an independent board of directors, staff and budget to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter in their own market.

Our goal is to support Ken Cockrel, Jr., Habitat for Humanity Detroit’s Executive Director, as he and their board of directors determine next steps for the Detroit affiliate.

Tim Ruggles, Executive Director/CEO – Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County

 

A ReStore Donation Impacts Three Organizations

Devan and the GE Monogram

A GE range impacts two non-profit and a student forever

 

In 2002, a commercial-quality GE Monogram range (we’ll affectionately rename “her” GEM) with her six burners, built-in griddle, full-capacity oven and a side baking oven was installed in a Rochester Hills home.  Can you imagine over the years the gatherings that surrounded GEM?  Thanksgiving dinners, birthday parties, hearty morning breakfasts, lunch dates with friends… little did GEM know that was just the beginning of her ability to bring people together.

While GEM was working faithfully in Rochester Hills, a woman named Stephanie Maurice was graduating at nearby Rochester College, and accepting a position in development with Detroit’s Mariners Inn, an organization that serves as an anchor for those struggling to navigate the treacherous waters of homelessness and substance abuse.   Stephanie would also eventually join the alumni board of Rochester College.

In the spring of 2016 Rochester College’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship visited ReStore Pontiac, a home improvement outlet and donation center that supports the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County. This new Rochester College major leads students through projects with local nonprofits in order to help the students prepare for careers leading organizations and solving social issues. The ReStore manager was so impressed with the students in the class that she offered to hire one of them for a new position she was creating. Student Devan Watkins was inspired by ReStore during the class so she immediately applied, and was hired for the part time position.

In the fall of 2016, Rochester College’s Social Entrepreneurship majors moved on to their next assignment at Detroit’s Mariners Inn. Fittingly, the Mariners Inn project was in collaboration with Stephanie Maurice, Rochester College’s Alumni Board Member. During one of the tours the need for new kitchen equipment was brought up, to feed the many individuals served by Mariners Inn each day.

In the winter of 2016, as Devan moved between her part-time ReStore Pontiac job and her class project with Mariners Inn, GEM was moved suddenly from her Rochester Hills home, loaded onto a big truck and donated to ReStore Pontiac.

Devan, having seen GEM’s arrival at ReStore Pontiac, and in a moment of brilliant social entrepreneurship, realized this high-end kitchen equipment could make a big difference. She and Jaymes Vettraino, Rochester College’s director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, contacted Mariners Inn about the equipment. On December 8, 2016, Mariners Inn purchased GEM – the commercial quality, six burner range – for a small fraction of her retail cost.  She will now be serving 500 men PER DAY at Mariners Inn as GEM does what she does best – bring people together.

One last little bit of joy: Remember the family in Rochester Hills that donated GEM? Their grandfather had been a member of Mariners Church of Detroit, the original supporting congregation of Mariners Inn.  As GEM’s donor, who has been donating to ReStores for 10+ years said, “Hearing that the stove went to Mariners Inn made my day… I’m really glad it is being used to help others versus being put to scrap!”

About the Center for Social Entrepreneurship

During the Fall 2015 semester, Rochester College began offering a BBA with a Social Entrepreneurship Major.  From its inception the Social Entrepreneurship academic Major has been rooted in the Mission of the College: Rochester College cultivates academic excellence, principled character, servant leadership, and global awareness through a rigorous educational experience that integrates liberal arts and professional studies within an inclusive Christian heritage.  The foundations of the Major are the academic and professional studies courses essential to understanding business management.  Upon this foundation students learn to apply business principles to servant leadership and social value organizations.  Students interested in serving non-profit organizations, local government or for-profit businesses with a social good component are encouraged to explore their personal vocation while completing their academic studies.  For more information visit www.rc.edu/socialentrepreneurship.

About Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County

Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County is a non-profit organization that works with local families to achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Since 1996, Habitat Oakland County has built and renovated homes in partnership with 200 families, with 80 more planned for 2017.  Donate, volunteer or learn more at www.habitatoakland.org.  Shop. Donate. Volunteer at ReStores of Oakland County in Farmington and Pontiac www.habitatoakland.org/restore.

About Mariners Inn

Mariners Inn serves as an anchor for those struggling to navigate the treacherous waters of homelessness and substance abuse through a wide range of social service programs that achieve the best possible outcomes for adults, families, and youth affected by addiction. Mariners Inn is a nationally acclaimed treatment center providing substance abuse treatment, shelter, and supportive services to Southeast Michigan’s homeless men.  Mariners Inn holds the most prestigious three-year accreditation through the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information, please visit www.marinersinn.org.

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ReStore Pontiac Grand Re-Opening

Seeking Donations from Oakland County Residences and Businesses

Pontiac, MI –   Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County has assumed ownership of two ReStore locations – home improvement outlets – in Farmington and Pontiac, which sell furniture, cabinets, appliances, paint and other such home improvement supplies.   All proceeds from ReStores of Oakland County now will directly benefit Habitat Oakland County’s mission within the county.   ReStore Pontiac’s Grand Re-Opening will be held:

Friday, December 9th

Noon

150 Osmun St., Pontiac

In addition, home and business owners can schedule pickups online for their large ReStore of Oakland County donations.  For easy scheduling, log onto www.habitatoakland.org/restore and schedule a pick-up date best for you.

ReStore Pontiac is currently open to the public each week Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Sought after items include cabinets, appliances, furniture,  paints and other home improvement supplies.

Also “If residents and businesses in Oakland County can choose our ReStore Pontiac to donate their furniture and appliances when they replace or remodel we would have enough inventory to meet the needs of our consumers,” says Frank Kessler, ReStores of Oakland County Manager.  “Retailers, distributors and manufacturers closing out year-end or discontinued product, scratch n dent or returned product — please consider donating your products to ReStore Pontiac and you’ll receive a tax receipt donation. Please call Jackie at 248-365-4090.”

Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County is a non-profit organization that works with local families to achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Since 1996, Habitat Oakland County has built and renovated homes in partnership with 200 families, with 62 more taking place this year. Donate, volunteer or learn more at www.habitatoakland.org.

 

Adopt a Habitat Oakland County Family for the Holidays

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Each year, our staff celebrates the holidays with our partner homeowners and their families with dinner, games, crafts, and time with Santa. This year, 68 families will be attending the event – nearly 300 people on Friday, Dec. 2nd!   Would you like to spread some holiday love? Please call our office at 248-338-1843 and ask to adopt a family. Thank you!

ReStores of Oakland County Accepts Recalled Samsung Top Load Washers

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ReStores of Oakland County will accept and pick-up recently recalled Samsung top load washers from residences and retailers. All donations are tax-deductible.

Samsung Electronics America, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), announced a voluntary recall of certain top-load washers manufactured between March 2011 and current production dates due to their inability to handle extremely heavy loads.

All washers will then be resold at our ReStores of Oakland County locations in Farmington Hills and Pontiac with full disclosure of the recall and a disclaimer regarding the machine’s washing capacity. Profits from ReStores of Oakland County will help fund the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County.

Please call our Donation Pick-Up Call Line at: 248-365-4090 or visit www.habitatoakland.org/restore/ to schedule your pick up online.

ReStore Pontiac
150 Osmun Street
Pontiac, MI 48342
Phone: 248-338-8392
Hours: Thurs- Sat, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

ReStore Farmington
28575 Grand River Ave.
Farmington, MI 48336
Phone: 248-442-2267
Hours: Wed.- Sat., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Habitat for Humanity and Nissan 10 Years of Partnership

Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County has been granted $94,000 as part of a donation from Nissan North America to help families across the country secure decent, affordable housing. Nissan is kicking off its second decade of partnership with Habitat for Humanity International with a $1 million donation, bringing contributions in North America to more than $14 million over the past 11 years.

“It’s amazing partners like Nissan and their dedicated volunteers who help us reach our Habitat Oakland County mission,” says Tim Ruggles, Habitat Oakland County Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. ” Their generous donation will make a difference in the lives of our Oakland County community and families.”

Nissan employees will volunteer to support construction or revitalization projects in 12 Habitat communities this year. Additionally, Nissan is donating nine vehicles to be used locally by Habitat offices.

“Nissan values its partnership with Habitat for Humanity because it delivers strong results each year in building sustainable communities in the areas where our employees live and work,” said Nissan Vice President Rebecca Vest. “Our employees look forward to working alongside future homeowners, and their experiences affirm our corporate mission to enrich people’s lives.”

Nissan’s partnership with Habitat began in 2005 when it donated 50 trucks and mobilized employees to assist in home building following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf Coast region. In the last decade, Nissan has donated $895,300, an additional 88 vehicles, and a custom Habitat Nissan tool van. Since 2006, more than 850 Nissan employees have logged more than 80,000 volunteer hours with Habitat for Humanity, building 71 homes across the U.S.
About Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County
Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County is a non-profit organization that works with local families to achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Since 1996, Habitat Oakland County has built and renovated homes in partnership with 200 families, with 62 more taking place this year. Donate, volunteer or learn more at www.habitatoakland.org.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

About Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 247,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment. For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

ROCK THE BLOCK – NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR OCTOBER 20 AND OCTOBER 21

Rock the Block - Volunteers Needed

Rock the Block is in Southfield – Oct. 20-21

Due to unexpected circumstances, Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County is in dire need of 25 volunteers for Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21 in Southfield from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Southfield.

Volunteers will be working on approximately 15 different projects throughout a pre-specified block of a Southfield neighborhood (hence Rock the Block) that will include landscaping, painting, cleaning gutters, repairing fences and porches with homeowners working alongside volunteers.

The event will begin at Catalpa Oaks Park, which is located at the corner of Greenfield and Catalpa in Southfield, MI. Parking is available.

When: October 20-21, 2016

Where: Southfield, Michigan, Bonnie Acres subdivision southfieldrtbmap2.

Sign up at http://habitatforhumanityofoaklandcounty.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=18117

At Rock the Block events, residents, municipalities and community partners collaborate with Habitat Oakland County in targeted neighborhoods during a concentrated period of time to complete home repair and preservation projects for low-income homeowners, and community projects to improve and beautify the neighborhood surrounding the homes.

For families to succeed, sometimes the dynamics of their neighborhood have to change. Neighborhood revitalization is a holistic approach that expands Habitat Oakland County’s traditional partnership with new homeowners and volunteers to include neighbors and local organizations for a far greater impact.

While new home construction continues to play a vital role, a bigger toolbox that includes repairs and other services allows Habitat Oakland County to serve more families. Neighborhood revitalization starts at the grassroots level — with people in the community determining the goals for their neighborhood.

Goals for Neighborhood revitalization include serving more families through an expanded array of housing products; demonstrating an improved quality of life in the communities where we serve; broaden the base of Habitat Oakland County’s financial support and to increase volunteer participation.

This project is a collaborative effort between Habitat Oakland County, City of Southfield, and the City of Southfield Neighborhood Services Committee.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Supports World Habitat Day

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) hosted three Habitat for Humanity affiliates for World Habitat Day activities at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Michigan. More than 100 FCA employees volunteered their morning to build sheds for Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County, wheelchair ramps for Macomb County Habitat for Humanity and picnic tables for Habitat for Humanity Detroit to support future Habitat homebuyers throughout the tri-county area.

FCA employees also donated household items to metro-area Habitat ReStores, which are non-profit home improvement outlets and donation centers that sell new and gently-used donated items to the general public at a fraction of the retail price to support the Habitat mission.   This event provided an opportunity for all three affiliates to work together, and allowed them to collectively thank FCA for their long history of support. In addition to significant funding, FCA has engaged over 1,500 volunteers on Habitat projects in Oakland and Macomb counties and the City of Detroit.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, also known as FCA, is an Italian-controlled multinational corporation and currently the world’s seventh-largest automaker

World Habitat Day
Photo cutline: From left to right: Helen Hicks, Macomb County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director; Sandra Pearson, Habitat for Humanity of Michigan President and CEO; Lesley Slavitt, Head of Civic Engagement & CEO of the FCA Foundation; Tim Ruggles, Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County Executive Director/CEO; Ken Cockrel, Jr., Habitat for Humanity Detroit Executive Director; FCA Employee Volunteer; and Macomb County Habitat for Humanity Future Homebuyer Stacy Harris and her son.

Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County is a non-profit organization that works with local families to achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Since 1994, Habitat Oakland County has built and renovated homes in partnership with 200 families, with 62 more taking place this year. Donate, volunteer and learn more at www.HabitatOakland.org.

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ReStore Farmington Grand Re-Opening – Friday, Sept. 30

Oakland Restores assistant manager Frank Carroll tests an range/oven to make sure it works.

ReStore Farmington assistant manager Frank Carroll tests an range/oven to make sure it works.

Launches New Online, Donation Pick-Up Scheduling for the Home Improvement Outlet

Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County announces that the affiliate has assumed ownership of the ReStores of Oakland County, which are nationally-renown home improvement outlet stores.

A grand reopening of its ReStore Farmington will be held on Friday, September 30 at noon with a ribbon cutting.  Confirmed guests for the ceremony, in addition to Habitat Oakland County’s Board of Directors, staff, and many volunteers, include:  Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce representatives; Josh Brinkman, president of American Recycled Paints; and Great Lakes ACE Hardware management.

ReStore Farmington will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. “If residents and businesses in Oakland County can choose our Restore to donate their furniture and appliances when they replace or remodel, we would have enough to provide to our community, ” says Frank Kessler, Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County ReStore Manager.

ReStores are cost-effective outlets for home improvement and do-it-yourself projects that are open to the public.   Quality-used and surplus building materials and home improvement supplies are available at reduced prices from private and corporate donors — such as furniture, appliances, cabinets, paint and all other items for your renovations.   Profits from the ReStore will help fund the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County.

In addition, residential and corporate donors can schedule on-line pickup for their large ReStore donations.  For easy scheduling, log onto www.habitatoakland.org/restore and book a date which is best for you.  Retailers replacing appliances and furniture, remodelers and contractors — we have Wednesdays open for your donations, please call Jackie at 248-365-4090.