Our interfaith group of 16 area congregations, the "Good News Group" has been working together since 1997 and has helped 33 families (with 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 built and renovated in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area.

If you would like to find out more about our projects or how to volunteer read more on this page or, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . During the build season (May thru August) we have an information / sign-up table in the social hall.

Volunteers--  Thank you so much for lending your helping hands this summer! Our work days are over-- lots of terrific work done and lots of delicious lunches appreciated.

To see the photos of the July 27 work day, follow this link.

 Saturday, May 18th was the kick-off day.   Click here to see the photos!


Our 2019 Good News Family

The 2019 Good News House is now the home for the Ellsworth family! Chris and Jamie were out working on the house so we did get to work alongside them. You can read about them in their Habitat Poster.

Their home was dedicated on Saturday, January 11th, with many Good News volunteers there to help them celebrate their new home.




In the summer of 2019 we joined with the other area Good News congregations to rehab this 2 story home in Ypsilanti. Our congregation raised over $9000 to help pay for the building materials and professional labor. We were the first volunteer group to work on the house May 18th:


HouseDay1MarkupWebOur 2019 Good News Home is at 2716 Woodruff in Ypsilanti-- Volunteer DAY #1.

Some UUAA volunteers helped out on one of the last volunteer work days when we hung siding and made the house look like a beautiful new home:





caulking the doorWe hope the lunch makers and site workers will join us again in 2020.

Typically we work from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM on Fridays and Saturdays

Site workers wear comfortable clothing and shoes that you don't mind getting splashed with paint or mud or sawdust.
No special skills needed. You will be taught how to carry out tasks.
All tools, hardhats, safety glasses are provided. You can bring your own tools if you want, but please mark them to make sure they go home with you!
Lunch is provided by our lunch volunteers. Bottled water is available at the site or you can bring your own.



The site work can include installing insulation, installing windows, floor repair, wall repair, caulking, installing blueboard, cabinets, shelving, fixtures, lighting, painting, landscaping and other related work.

There is a second, smaller house we may work on as needed. That house is nearby at 2668 Peachcrest.

At the beginning of the season the house did not yet have a Habitat family, but we will provide updates as soon as a buyer selects this house.




 May18 2019 work group

Good News House All-UU Work Crew on May 18, 2019 - click for more photos

Our 2018 Habitat for Humanity Good News Projects

Our 2018 projects were completed in August, 2018. Both home dedications took place on January 26, 2019. 

Meet our 2018 homeowners Tykisha and Victoria. They became good friends through the Habitat program and now are close neighbors.




Tykisha Ervin and her son Dallas are the new owners of the 830 Calder home. Tykisha works at the University of Michigan Hospital. She has lived in Ypsilanti her whole life, graduated from Ypsilanti High School & continued on to Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. She plans on going back to school in the future. She is a member of New Testament Baptist Church.

Tykisha and Dallas are really looking forward to barbecues and birthday parties and building snowmen the back yard of their new home.

This picture is from the January 26, 2019 home dedication where joyful family and friends and Good News volunteers welcomed Tykisha and Dallas to their new home. To view more photos of Tykisha's home dedication follow this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/B7z2oRsBnjj5rX8t5









 Victoria Newell is the owner of the 769 Calder home. She is 26 years old, was born in Detroit and moved to Ypsilanti in 2015. She is the oldest of a set of twins.She is a graduate from Ann Arbor Adult Education Program and will be pursuing a Nursing degree at WCC in the fall of 2019. She is looking forward to owning her own home and not worrying about constant rent increases!

AMAZING! Is the single word she uses to describe the wonderful journey and experience that Habitat provided.

In this photo, Victoria (center) cuts the ribbon at her Jan 26th home dedication. The ribbon is held by her mother, Charlotte and her Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley Support Partner, Liz Gadway.

To view more photos of Victoria's home dedication follow this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/dQ8rcb7Yhrb2ccWN6




 A big THANK YOU to over 60 UUAA volunteers and many, many donors who helped with this year's homes. We raised over $8000 to help pay for the costs of renovations and we staffed six work days with great crews of volunteers who installed windows, dug trenches, trimmed trees, caulked, made sandwiches and provided delicious homemade cookies for the workers.


You can visit www.goodnewshouse.org for lots of photos and more information about this high-impact, multi-faith community outreach.


Some of our wonderful 2018 volunteers...Workday COLLAGE





















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 2018

2-  Of 2 homes received 5 Star/5 Star+ Energy Star Rating in 2018

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

2- Good News Homes to be renovated in 2019

33- Total Good News Homes built/renovated thru 2018

65- Children who have moved into Good News homes

100%-  Habitat families have an income

250- 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!