About the Family:
Meet the Marks family. Livia, the homeowner, shares this three bedroom home with her daughter and three grandchildren. Her own mother lived there until last month, when she passed away.
Christine is a hard-working single mom to Brandon, Bryana, and TJ. She works at a local pharmacy to support her beautiful family.
Brandon will be attending Washtenaw Community College in the fall, Bryana is about to start her freshman year at Ypsilanti High, and TJ is 9 months old. He’ll give you a big smile if you just look at him!
The Marks are a happy family, and have owned this home for 35 years. They are so grateful for the opportunity to work with Thrivent Finanical, Lutheran Congregations and Habitat for Humanity.
About the Project:
The Mark’s home is in need of several repairs, but the most urgent is the roof, which is actively leaking. They cannot afford to have it replaced from a traditional roofing company. We will be replacing the roof on the home and the garage where the family spends much of their time during the summer months. Volunteers will work along side professional roofers to complete this project.
Like all Habitat families, The Marks will have a zero-percent interest loan and earn sweat-equity as they work alongside volunteers.
Their home is located in Nancy Park, an area that Habitat has committed too. We have strategically targeted Nancy Park because it has been identified as an area hit hardest by the mortgage crisis. Yet, it is a well-kept, family-oriented, residential neighborhood close to one of Ypsilanti’s best schools. Public transportation is easily accessible and the neighbors have established a strong neighborhood watch program.
Focusing our building in a concentrated area, such as Nancy Park, allows Habitat to have a much larger impact in a neighborhood. Our homes improve the entire community, raising property values and invigorating a neighborhood and building community. Seeing the selfless number of hours poured into projects by volunteers infuses a sense of pride among current residents. Their excitement builds from the day we arrive and begin renovating to the day we dedicate the home.
We have finished and sold homes to the Miller, Taylor, Krisel and Aldrich families and are currently renovating two more homes.