Macomb Habitat: Red, White and Blue Through and Through!

Written by: Helen Hicks – President & CEO, Macomb County Habitat

The pride of being an American runs deep at Macomb Habitat.  If you are even just a bit informed, you can stand back and see it draping our affiliate.  Here are a few of the ways this spirit and patriotism trickle through our mission:

StaffThere are many staff who have actively served in a variety of ways.  Our longest serving employee, Dave Tirsell, Faith Relations and Volunteer Manager, is a proud Army veteran.  He is followed closely by our Construction Manager, Paul Owens, who has dedicated his life to Habitat after also serving.  Both were engaged in the Vietnam War with Dave working stateside and Paul engaged overseas.  We owe our lives to these two fine gentlemen who teach us everyday how to overcome obstacles with grace and genuine love for the mission and those we serve.

Board – One of our Board members, Reverend Essenburg, is also a veteran and shares with us through prayer, the importance of duty, loyalty, and service.  He, like so many others, values the work Habitat is doing with our service women and men.

Donors – There are many donors who have pitched in and donated thousands of dollars to help our veterans both with the building and renovation of homes that can only be sold to men and women who have served in the Armed services.  A special thank you to BAE Systems; Rheinmetall Automotive; AT&T; IBEW Local 58; PNC Bank and so many others. As a result of their collective generosity, within the past two years, two homes have been dedicated to veterans and exterior repair (materials and labor) – windows, doors, aluminum siding, trim and landscaping will bring new life to five veteran homeowners!

Gala Event – (November 3rd, Andiamo, Warren)  This year, our entire event is dedicated to those to whom we owe our lives.  Our main entertainer, John Michael Montgomery, is known for his beautiful tribute to veterans through his song, “Letters From Home” which he will sing.  That evening, all guests will have the opportunity to sign holiday greeting cards to active military who may not be expecting a holiday card and message of thanks.  Additionally we are honoring special veterans in the community – people who hold the flag and their love of this country very close to their hearts.

As the mother of a member of the 82nd Airborne, who will accompany me to the podium at the Gala, – nothing gives me greater pleasure than to represent a Habitat affiliate who cares so deeply for the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

I hope you will join me that evening as we will be singing all the familiar songs, pledging our allegiance to a flag that waves proudly, and demonstrating  how our nonprofit, through the kindness of so many, gives back to those who helped maintain our freedom in difficult and painful times.

Please buy a ticket and sit near my table.  Let’s laugh, reminisce and cry together for the best reason ever: Because we all have so much for which to be thankful in a country that values freedom, independence and life.