Member of the Month
Congratulations to Mecosta County Habitat for Humanity, our August Member of the Month!
Mecosta County Habitat for Humanity was established in 1992 by a group of local individuals interested in eliminating poverty housing in Mecosta County. The first Mecosta County Habitat house was built in 1994 in Big Rapids. In 2015, the Mecosta Affiliate completed its 30th house – 28 of which were original builds and two of which were rehabs of donated houses.
On June 29, Mecosta County Habitat for Humanity broke ground on its 32nd home construction, located at the corner of Bailey Drive and Woodward Avenue in Big Rapids. The property was donated by the Hurt family, and funding for the house was donated by Michael and Stevie Riley and Glen (Pete) and Irene Nix The finished home will be owned by Jennifer Deater and her son, Zac.
Mecosta County Habitat for Humanity also offers its Critical Home Repair Program, which addresses critical needs for low-income homeowners in need of exterior repairs, weatherization, wheelchair ramp construction and more.
In addition to its new home construction and critical repair projects, the organization runs the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which sells new, used, and overstocked home improvement materials donated by manufacturers, stores, contractors, and individuals. These donated items are sold to the public at greatly reduced prices. Funds from the sale of items are used to assist Habitat in meeting its mission of providing safe, affordable housing for low-income residents of Mecosta County. The ReStore, located at 18387 Northland Drive in Big Rapids, is open Tuesday through Saturday. For seasonal hours, visit mecostahabitat.com.
Mecosta County Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit housing organization led by an executive director and governed by an all-volunteer board. Board meetings are held bi-monthly.
None of Habitat’s work would be possible without its volunteers, who are responsible for home repair and construction jobs as well as ReStore operations. For more information on volunteering for a Habitat project, visit mecostahabitat.com/volunteer.
Members of the Month are chosen each month at our Business After Hours. For your chance to enter, be sure to attend and register at this monthly networking event.