Our non-profit has a fiscal year that extends from July 1 to June 30. That means that Macomb County Habitat for Humanity has just completed its 2016-17 fiscal year, and the results appear to be quite positive.
It was a year of tremendous change.
- The corporate office moved to Baker College at the invitation of the VP of their Business Schools. This relationship brought us several interns, a strong college connection, and a deep reduction in office costs and overhead. (Please stop by and consider checking out their great programs!)
- We sold our large Groesbeck store in Mount Clemens where we were selling approximately $1,700 worth of gently used product a day and purchased a new store south of 21 Mile on Van Dyke in Shelby Township where we are now selling approximately $2,500 a day.
- After quite a search, we hired a new ReStore Manager, and Edward has focused almost exclusively on improved customer service. As a result, our Warren store which was selling $400 a day of product has now tripled that number and then some.
- We have widened our fundraising pie by reaching out to more caring individuals; finding ways to ask volunteers to become donors; and extending our ask to foundations and corporations. A significant anonymous gift helped us with operating costs and the Shelby Community Foundation brought us into a whole new neighborhood of caring. And finally, we hired a dynamic young woman to head the department. Briana is full of bright creative ideas to improve our department and this has made a huge difference.
- We are working on many homes and one of them is located in Romeo. This is our first Romeo build and we are very excited about this! We thank our Volunteer and Faith Relations Manager, Dave, for making this effort come to fruition.
- We have intensified our work with veterans. Currently we have a home located in Clinton Township that will be sold to a veteran, and we also have a $25,000 grant to repair the homes of five veterans in Macomb County. We love our vets!
- The Chief Operating Officer, Rob, brought stability to our operations and as a result, a sense of confidence was felt by our funding sources and others. With Ted heading up the Construction Department, no detail is missed!
- RDM and Associates easily embraced our very complex accounting and created an audit ready product that has been admired by everyone from our auditors to the board.
The year ended well with many tired staff, board members, and volunteers! But in the end, several partner families closed on their homes and understood the joys of homeownership. More than 20 seniors, disabled, and low-income families were able to have home repairs accomplished on their properties, and we watched their neighbors cheer because Habitat was there to help bring these neighborhoods back! Children played in their own backyards. Seniors stopped worrying. And those who served our country, – received a “hand up, not a hand out.”
We ended the year fiscally, spiritually, and emotionally positive. And we couldn’t have done it without you!
So thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and wish us well as we do this all over again with renewed vigor, positivity and love.