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Habitat for Humanity Detroit

Recently, I attended Go Further with Ford, a three-day conference sharing information about global trends. One highlight of the trip was taking part in deliveries for Habitat for Humanity Detroit, made possible by the Ford Motor Company Fund and the fleet of Ford F150’s they provided us.

ford f150

Living thousands of miles away, what has happened to Detroit just didn’t hit me fully.  It wasn’t until I saw it in person that I could get a better idea of how hard the city had been shaken by economic hardships.  Our path to the construction site took us through Morningside Commons, an area where Habit for Humanity is making a huge difference.

habitat for humanity detroit

To help you understand Detroit as I saw it, imagine your street.  Have everybody move out, except for maybe every third house.  The empty homes are boarded up, burned, looted, or in other states of extreme disrepair.  For you and those that remain in their homes, you are surrounded by the ghosts of the neighborhood, the memories of what it was.  Your family was one of the lucky ones who got to stay in your home, but you are surrounded by a suburban wasteland.

habitat for humanity detroit

And what about all of those families who have gone?

The home to be built using the materials we delivered will be the 100th home constructed by Habitat for Humanity Detroit in the Morningside Commons neighborhood.  In addition to building new homes, Habitat for Humanity Detroit rehabilitates vacant and foreclosed homes.  Some of their other accomplishments include:

  • More than 325 homes built and/or rehabilitated
  • $35 million in private donations attracted and invested in five Detroit communities
  • More than 500 vacant lots returned to municipal tax rolls
  • Removing nearly 1,000 children from lead exposure in substandard homes

The Ford Motor Company Fund has given millions in funds to this great effort.  However, they are supporting Habitat for Humanity Detroit not just with funds, but with their hands.  Ford employees are making it happen as they take time off of work to rebuild Detroit.

ford volunteers

I appreciated the opportunity to participate in the Go Further with Ford events.  I hope that the next time I travel through Detroit, I get to see the rebirth of communities like Morningside Commons made possible by Habitat for Humanity Detroit.

I attended the Go Further with Ford press event and all travel-related expenses were covered. All thoughts and opinions are mine.
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  1. 1

    My work actually just sponsored habitat for humanity in los angeles and we sent two teams to help paint a house in central LA. Definitely a great organization.

    • 2

      That sounds like a great experience. How nice you work for a place that gives back. 🙂

      • 3

        It was. Our volunteer day was just a few weeks ago, the recipient is an army veteran so double good feelings helping out.

  2. 4

    I love this organization. I have seen many peoples lives changed by getting a new start on life with this program.

    • 5

      You’re so right about it being a new start on life. I love that the recipient family works alongside Habitat for Humanity to build their home. What a meaningful experience of literally rebuilding your life.

  3. 6

    I am glad that Ford is helping out. So sad what has happened up there.

    • 7

      It is! I was happy to see the improvements being made to the neighborhood. It was proof that restoration is possible.

  4. 8

    That image of Detroit is pretty sad 🙁 It’s like that in many neighborhoods in NYC too, just desolate. HFH is a wonderful, wonderful group, one of my best friends is a member and has helped to build six homes- he is a really good person.

    • 9

      I’m so sorry to hear that, Penelope. Seeing what great change can happen in a neighborhood, I’m hopeful yours will rebound too.

  5. 10

    I’ve read how rough Detroit is. It is practically a ghost city. Very heartbreaking! 🙁

  6. 11

    Habitat for Humanity is such a wonderful organization! I’ve never been to Detroit, but have seen the images and heard the stories about Detroit. It would be great to see Detroit come out of it and rebuild.

  7. 12

    Habitat for humanity is one of my favorite charities.

  8. 13

    I had no idea Detroit had been hit so hard. I really can’t imagine my neighborhood being abandoned like that, but it really could happen anywhere. Habitat for Humanity is one of my favorite charities and I’m glad Ford is participating.

  9. 14

    Habitat for Humanity is such an amazing organization. It is hard at work here in FL too.

  10. 15

    I am so glad to see Ford supporting Habitat for Humanity. This is such a great cause. My nieces have worked with them in New Orleans.

  11. 16

    What an amazing opportunity to see something like this at work, first hand! I’ve seen Habitat for Humanity at work locally, and I love what they do!

  12. 17

    It’s so important to help these families and the community rebuild. Good to know large companies like Ford Motor and Habitat for Humanity Detroit are helping

  13. 18

    Love it when Brands go beyond balancing financial statements to actually give back to the communities they’re in. Love this!

  14. 19

    Great cause in general, and they’re certainly helping in a place that could use all the help they can get.

  15. 20

    I love this organization.

  16. 21

    I love it when companies don’t just throw money at a problem but actually get in there & help, too. That’s great of Ford to help.

  17. 22

    I’ve been wanting to volunteer with them for a while now. Just need to do it!

  18. 23

    I LOVE Ford and always have. Having lived in Michigan and have family there I know the stigma of “Detroit”. We (as in the company I worked for) built a Whole Foods store in Detroit hoping to help bring some change to the area.

  19. 24

    I’m not far from Detroit and the condition of the homes in the area is heartbreaking. I’m glad Ford and Habitat for Humanity are helping. A good friend of mine lives in a Habitat house and I helped her put in her hours for it. I was so happy for her when she got that home.

  20. 25

    It’s sad that the original owners couldn’t manage to stay, but I love that the neighborhoods are getting some revitalization.

  21. 26

    I love that they are doing this.

  22. 27

    I love that they are doing this.

  23. 28

    It’s nice to see Ford working to help build Detroit. I think we never see the devastation of a city until we are right in it , living it.

  24. 29

    Habitat for Humanity is one of my favorite organizations and I’m glad that you were able to volunteer!

  25. 30

    I can’t imagine living in a neighborhood like that. So glad Habitat for Humanity is helping to rehabilitate the homes.

  26. 31

    WOW — I knew Detroit had problem but since I live so far away (Texas), I had no idea it was that bad. So glad that HFH is in there working to revitalize these communities AND provide safer homes for families.

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