Tri-County Equipment | The Lapeer Area View lapeerareaview Lapeer, MI LAPEER – Habitat for Humanity is known around the world for improving the lives of the people the organization touches. With a vision of a world where each person has a proper home, Habitat’s mission is putting God’s love into action, and bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Originally founded in 1976, Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home. Habitat for Humanity of Lapeer and Tuscola County have teams in place to help bring their mission and vision to life. Their team and the volunteers that help them achieve their goals believe that affordable housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities. The nonprofit organization is faith-based and seeks to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ. The team behind Habitat believes that, through faith, the minuscule can be multiplied to accomplish the magnificent, and that, in faith, respectful relationships can grow among all people. The organization focuses on providing shelter, and, according to their website, “We put faith into action by helping to build, renovate or preserve homes, and by partnering with others to accelerate and broaden access to affordable housing as a foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty… we promote decent, affordable housing for all, and we support the global community’s commitment to housing as a basic human right. We will advocate for just and fair housing policy to eliminate the constraints that contribute to poverty housing. And, in all of our work, we will seek to put shelter on hearts and minds in such powerful ways that poverty housing becomes socially, politically and religiously unacceptable.” Through donations, their Habitat ReStore and events like their Grape & Grain fundraiser, Habitat for Humanity of Lapeer and Tuscola County is able to raise money to build permanent homes for families in need, enlisting the families’ help through “sweat equity.” Earlier this year, Habitat dedicated their 14th house in Lapeer County. The project began last year with Dan and Vicki Gerlach selling Habitat a fire-damaged home for $100 less than what they paid for it. “There are so many people this wouldn’t be possible without,” Habitat for Humanity of Lapeer and Tuscola County President Jerry Webb said. Carolyn Nestor, Habitat’s executive director, said donors who make these projects possible include dozens of local businesses and charitable donors. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Lapeer and Tuscola County, visit their website at www.lapeerhabitat.org. LAPEER COMMUNITY F CUS PRESENTED BY Habitat for Humanity: bringing communities together to create affordable housing By Alex Petrie Last year this 950-square-foot home on South Elm Street In Lapeer was a fire-gutted mess. Today it’s simple, decent, affordable housing. Photo by Phil Foley Habitat for Humanity of Lapeer and Tuscola County President Jerry Webb presents MaryLynn Darr with the keys to her new home. As a Habitat volunteer she’s completed the landscaping on all but two of the homes Habitat has completed.