Dear Friends,

At Habitat for Humanity our mission is to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build sustainable homes, communities and hope.

Several years ago, a United Way study coined the term ALICE, or Asset Limited, Income Constrained and Employed. The study states that ALICE families “work hard, earn above the federal poverty level, but not enough to afford a basic household budget of housing, child care, food, transportation, and health care.”

The steep rental costs and rising cost of housing in our region contribute to a high incidence of families in this category, 38% in our region. These families are one emergency away from financial disaster. Many of these families are eligible for Habitat homes, which can significantly improve their financial stability.

Habitat Grand Traverse Region provides strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter. We continue to be innovative in our strategies and partnerships, growing the number of families we help each year through new home builds, priority home repairs, financial coaching and our ReStore. We wouldn't be able to help more families without dedicated volunteers of all kinds and support from our donors.

There is no better time than now to make a real difference in people’s lives by giving your spare hours, expertise and financial support to help our neighbors in need. I encourage you to make a connection with us today and see if there’s a need that matches your interests and experiences. I know you won’t regret it!


Wendy Irvin
Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region

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