Our interfaith group of 17 congregations, the "Good News" group has been working together since 1997 and has helped 31 families (over 65 children) move into affordable, very energy efficient housing. We help families, neighborhoods and the environment-- and we laugh and have fun doing it.  Click on this link to view a map of the homes we have build and renovated in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area.



Good News House Work Crew on June 2nd -- UUAA and First UMC Ann Arbor. 

Our 2018 Habitat for Humanity Good News Projects

This year we will again work with 16 other Huron Valley congregations to rehabilitate two homes in Ypsilanti and get them ready for two area home buyers. The work will begin on May 19th and continue through August. You can download a flyer about this year's homes.


2018 Work Days

June 2nd (Saturday - working with First United Methodist Church AA)

June 15th (Friday - an all UU day)

June 30th (Saturday - working with Wesley UMC, Whitmore Lake)

July 27th (Friday - an all UU day)

August 11th (Saturday - working with Chelsea Church of the Nazarene)

*** added: August 17th (Friday - an all UU day)

      Meet at 830 Calder, Ypsilanti. Each work day begins at 8:30 am and ends at 3:30 pm. The congregations working that day bring a lunch at 11:30 am.


How you can help

Follow this link to the Signup Genius online volunteer form...

Work on Site - If you are over 18 years old. No experience is necessary to work on the houses. We need workers to spend a day on site hammering, painting, digging, sawing. Download a volunteer information sheet. Before you come to a volunteer day, please fill out a waiver form.

Make Lunches for Workers - Any age can help make lunch and our workers always appreciate the wonderful food that arrives mid-day.

Contribute to Pay for Materials - Our goal this year is $7000. This will be added to the contributions from the other 16 congregations to help pay for the materials and contracted work on the houses.



Our 2018 Homes -

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 June 2nd Work Day Photos

On June 2nd a UUAA crew worked with a crew from First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor. Lots of demolition projects!

Removing a rotten floorRemoving a rotten floor

 brickworkLots of brickwork needed.

 Window RemovalOut with the old window.



Thank you to all who helped with our 2017 Habitat for Humanity 'Good News' homes

A huge THANK YOU to all of the volunteers and financial contributors who made our 2017 build season a big success last summer! UUAA actually exceeded our financial goal and had many long time and brand new enthusiastic volunteers pitching in to work on the houses and make lunches to bring to the workers. Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley put together an Impact Report that you may want to read and pat yourselves on the back for contributing to this very effective community outreach.

Our 2017 homes are both located on Harvest Lane in Ypsilanti. They are the 30th and 31st houses sponsored by the Good News Group.

Our 30th house, now owned by Lea Glaze was dedicated as "The Whitacre House" in honor of the Good News founder, Bob Whitacre, who passed away in February, 2017. A special tree was planted as part of the home dedication on October 29, 2017.

  LeaMargeTree2Lea with Marge Whitacre and the tree planted in memory of Bob Whitacre.    

Our 2017 Partner Families




Lea Glaze grew up in Ann Arbor and went to Pioneer High School. She is a preschool teacher and is also a student at the Center for Guided Montessori Studies.  Lea has a 13 year-old son Jalen who loves basketball and is looking forward to putting up a basketball hoop in the driveway.

Lea says, "As a single mother, home ownership wasn’t an option until now. I am happy for Jalen to have a neighborhood where he can make friends and call it his own. In a few years when he leaves for college, he will have a house to return to. We’re almost home…"





 Alexandra Benson, Harvest Lane homeowner

 Alexandra Benson is our youngest Good News homeowner. She is 23 years old and works at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and goes to school at Washtenaw Community College, working toward a degree in radiography.

She grew up in Ypsilanti and says, "I would never have thought that I would be able to own a home of my own at such a young age, but I am motivated to build my life here where I have grown up!"






A few of the many UU's who were caught in the act of improving the world last summer:


















More Good News Project Information

 Thank you to all generous UU's who have given financial and hands-on work site contributions to this amazingly effective and rewarding community outreach since our involvement began in 2000.

Since 2009 we have renovated foreclosed homes rather than building new homes, saving resources and helping to stabilize neighborhoods and rebuild communities. A win, win, win situation.

Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley has been focusing on neighborhood revitalization efforts. Learn more on the HHHV web site.



Good News Homes - the Numbers

1997- Year of GNH group's founding (originally United Methodist Churches - UUAA joined in 2000)

2- Good News homes renovated in 2017

2-  Of 2 homes received 5 Star/5 Star+ Energy Star Rating in 2017

25- Total Good News homes with 5/5+ Star Energy Star Rating (all homes since 2005)

2- Good News Homes to be renovated in 2018

31- Total Good News Homes built/renovated thru 2017

65- Children who have moved into Good News homes

100%-  Habitat families have an income

0%-    Interest rate on Habitat mortgages

200- Hours of “sweat equity” each homeowner invests

>1200- Recorded GNH site work volunteer hours each summer



Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization whose mission is to provide decent, affordable housing for people in need. Homeowner families are carefully selected based on income and other guidelines. The families are required to contribute hundreds of hours of “sweat equity” to their homes or other Habitat projects and they are required to attend classes on home repair and managing finances.

For more information follow these links:

Good News House web site (carries the most current information when a build is in progress)

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley.

Habitat for Humanity International.

Please stop by the Habitat for Humanity table during Social Hour May thru August to learn more! The table has a lot of good information and you can make a donation to the building costs or sign up to work on a house.

Thank you for all of your help!