Monday, November 20, 2017

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Build It Detroit LogoBuild It Detroit is accelerating and expanding like never before!!
 
In the past couple months, 2 houses have been demolished and those lots are being cleared and eventually seeded.  This continuous blight removal makes the neighborhood safer each day!

November 9th is a day to keep in your calendar!  We will launch a new name, logo, print materials, etc. for Build It!!  More information including the exact time and location will come soon.

We are putting a new roof on one of our “character houses”!  Thanks to a generous donation, we will stop water from getting into a house that not only has great character but can be remodeled in the near future and become a home.
 
Keep your ears tuned for more exciting info and as always, if you want to get involved more, just ask!

  
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Build It Detroit initiatives continue to march forward.  Our affordable housing project involving the rehab of 7 houses in the neighborhood is set for ground breaking.  Everywhere the sole of our foot tread shall be taken in His Name.

We had an impactful clean-up on June 3.  Over 35 volunteers showed up to take territory and boundaries.  Trash was cleaned and blight was removed from targeted zones.  A contingent of about a dozen people from EPIC LIFE CHURCH joined with our own faithful teams to advance our plans for community restoration.  The building of other relationships with the body of believers who have a shared vision is vital to long term success that will be delivered.

Our next clean-up in the neighborhood is scheduled for AUGUST 12.

We seek to expand numbers of volunteers and organizations to multiply the effect of these events -  to release LIFE & HOPE into the community.

BE SURE TO KEEP AUGUST 12 CLEAR ON YOU CALENDAR TO JOIN US IN THIS KINGDOM-ADVANCING EVENT!


  
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Build It Detroit LogoBuild It Detroit is very appreciative of the HCC congregation's response for volunteer help. As a result of your volunteer help, our neighborhood has seen a definite improvement, not only in appearance, but we have seen more and more residents showing a greater involvement in their own property.

For our 3rd year, Build It Detroit will conduct two neighborhood clean-ups. Mark you calendars for Saturdays June 3 and August 12. More info will follow.

  
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Build It Detroit LogoAll of you who are reading this article are probably fully aware of some very significant truths. We have an incredible Church with an incredible congregation. We are blessed with having a very giving, sacrificing, loyal group of people who can be called upon whenever the church has a specific need or task to perform.

I am referring to the outpouring of support that we felt on a Sunday in January when over 80 people volunteered to assist in this major project that Build It Detroit is embarking on. First, thank you to those over 80 people. You are aware that this is a big job ahead of us and we need your help. We hope nothing stands in your way of attending all of the meetings and accepting the responsibilities that will be divided among you. But secondly we need to give a big hearty thank you to those men and women who are always there to assist any way they can. We want to recognize them by name, knowing full well that we will probably overlook some names of people who helped in some way but escape our memory at this time. When you get a chance just say thank you to these wonderful people.

Our church can always count on Jim Berger, Chris Brown, Tanehesi Bean, Perry Perrault, Forrest Ward, Ralph Alcala, and numerous others who put together the AHP Project Expo that allowed so many of you to express your interest and volunteer your support. The women are always ready to help: Tracy Ward, Michelle Brown, Anne Berger, Linda King, Diana Glaab, Anna Alcala, Jazna Ealy, and a bunch of others who just jump in and help. All of them deserve a huge thank you.

For our third year, we will be participating in some neighborhood cleanup activities. In the past, we have clean streets cut wood, collect garbage, boarded houses, painted and anything else we can do to make the neighborhood look better. This year we will not be able to coordinate our activity with the city of Detroit Motor City Makeover, but we will be doing our own clean up most likely early in June. Also we will again do some neighborhood activity in August a week or two before our annual church picnic. The exact dates and times will be available soon, but we just wanted you to be aware of some future activities.

  
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Build It Detroit LogoThe big news for January is that our forgivable loan request has been approved!!!

Congratulations are in order for the Build It Detroit Team and particularly Nathan Stull as he worked many long hours alongside the leadership of Capital for Compassion who made the connections which resulted in PNC Bank approving the loan in excess of $650,000.

Because of this success, work will immediately begin on the complete renovation of more houses. These spectacular renovations will do much for improving the overall appearance of our neighborhood as well as providing additional housing for a number of families who will be able to take pride in the condition of their homes. There is much work to be done, but this is just one more step in the efforts of Harvest Christian Church and Build it Detroit to positively impact our neighborhood.

Build it Detroit is beginning a new vital partnership with the Detroit PAL (Police Athletic League). We have met with the leadership of PAL exploring the common interests we have with them. We are both very excited about the possibility of bringing increased recreational and athletic opportunities to the youth of Northwest Detroit. We will be updating you regularly on the benefits that our new partnership will provide for our neighborhood.

  
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Build It Detroit LogoBuild It Detroit is accelerating and expanding like never before!!
 
August 12, we had over 80 volunteers show up to clean the neighborhood.  We mowed cleaned and over 50 lawns, cleared significant debris from 10 more properties and vastly improved the curb appeal of our houses.  These volunteers came from 8 different churches as well as friends of those who came.  The neighbors were very excited about it and one even said, “transformation is here on Lenore!!”

We are moving along with our re-branding project.  COMING SOON, you will hear about a new name and logo for Build It Detroit.  Along with that will come a new, modern, updated website, social media presence and printed materials.  At the same time, we are implementing a proven method for sustained funding that will roll out in the next couple months. All of this growth and expansion is increasing our “expectations” for the future!

Our AHP houses (those that are targeted for renovations using the forgivable bank loan) are remediated, have new roofs (where needed) and are cleaned out inside.  They will begin installing windows and doing interior renovations very soon.
 
Keep your ears tuned for more exciting info and as always, if you want to get involved more, just ask!

  
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Build It Detroit LogoTHANK YOU for all of you who are taking part in our June 3rd neighborhood clean up. This year our focus will be considerably different than in the past. We will be working on the 7 houses identified in the Affordable Housing Loan program. We will be focusing on the exteriors of the houses: tree trimming, weeding, cleaning flower beds, etc.

We will not be cleaning the streets and curb areas because the City of Detroit has purchased street cleaning equipment.

We will have two shifts of workers. You can choose to work 9am until noon, or from 1pm until 4pm. Lunch will be available from noon until 1pm. You can work either or both shifts as your personal schedule allows. As in the past, we expect a big turn out.

If you are not available on June 3rd, there will be another opportunity on August 12th.

THANKS for your support as Build It Detroit works to impact our neighborhood.

  
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Build It Detroit LogoAs you know, the congregation is buzzing about the fact that Build It Detroit and Harvest Christian Church were successful in obtaining the forgivable loan from PNC Bank and is in the process of receiving funding to continue the work of renovating the homes in the neighborhood. This is quite remarkable in that none of the loans granted exceeded the amount awarded to Build It Detroit, and many of the applications came from organizations much larger than Build It Detroit with a greater track record of accomplishments than we have.

All of this is consistent with our vision of possessing the land for the Glory of God. This work is being done to provide housing for low income families. It is our vision that this is part of our commitment. We will be educating renters in the process of home ownership.

It does seem that we may need to correct some misinformation regarding this loan. This amount of money is to be used exclusively for the exterior and interior renovations of 6 houses that Build It Detroit and Harvest Christian Church currently own. It is that exclusivity of purpose that is sometimes being asked about. This is not money that is available for any other purpose than for the renovation of this housing. Some might think that this is money that is added to the general fund of the Church. That is not the case. This money can only be used for the purposes outlined in the application for the loan. We hope this clears up any misunderstanding.

On another note – if you have any special skills that could lend to helping with this project, please let members of the Executive Team know of your interest. Since the completion deadline for the grant is early December of 2017, much, much work must be completed. To those of you who have already volunteered your time and expertise, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!

  
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Build It Detroit LogoGreetings from the Team at Build It Detroit!

First, a great big THANK YOU to the many members of the HCC congregation and our friends who so unselfishly gave to the Detroit Challenge fundraising competition. Over $9,000 was contributed to our blight removal efforts. A special THANKS goes to our friends at Metro Detroit Christian Church, Word of Truth and One Spirit Ministries, as well as those friends of our mission outside these congregations. All of the funds donated will be used for demolition and blight removal in our neighborhood.

We are still anxiously waiting for word from PNC Bank concerning our application for our loan. To refresh your memory, this forgivable loan assures our neighborhood that Harvest Christian Church and Build It Detroit are committed to continue our work on these streets for at least the next 15 years. We will receive the bank's response in mid-December.

Build It Detroit is currently working on a project that will result in a greater Metropolitan Detroit awareness of the positive work we are doing. This is an ongoing process and will result in many collaborative efforts with other charitable organizations and churches in the greater Detroit area. Stay tuned for more...

  
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