Over the last weekend, we were delighted to have State Farm agent Susan Cobb-Starrett join our 10 University of Michigan volunteers on our Saturday Build while we worked on finishing the "Michigan House," the home that we sponsor each year with Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley, our partner affiliate.
This year's Michigan House family is the Brantley's which includes Shelly and Anthony and their sons Anthony, Simon, and Aaron (who was just recently born!). With State Farm's generous Matching Grant, every dollar raised by Habitat at Michigan has double the impact that goes toward supporting the family as they approach becoming homeowners. Shelly said, "We are beyond thankful for the Michigan students, State Farm and all of those who have helped. Words cannot explain how thankful I am for their hard work, time, support and effort. The house is beyond beautiful and it isn't even done! I wish I could hug everyone who has helped build our home."
Habitat for Humanity not only supports families in their local communities but also has positive effects on the volunteers. One volunteer, Tavni, said, "I feel fulfilled. I loved realizing how much work goes into the little things of a house and what it takes to create a home." Additionally, Susan said she loves that "everyone comes together to volunteer and show love for humanity and fellowship." And we loved having her volunteer with us!
We are also thankful for Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley for their continued support over the years. Development Associate Leah Borst said of teaming up with State Farm, "Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley is thrilled to partner with State Farm Insurance to support the effort of the Habitat Chapter at the University of Michigan. We are grateful for the enthusiastic support of the Michigan students, and State Farm's inclusion has only added to our ability to provide affordable home ownership for low-income families in Washtenaw County. Thank you, State Farm!"
With the support of the local community and companies, especially State Farm, amazing things are possible. If you're interested in volunteering or donating, please visit www.habitatum.org.