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Catch up with what Habitat for Humanity has been working on in Ypsilanti Township this past April - June, including property updates!


West Willow

  • Plans for the West Willow Tool Lending Library are moving forward. A location has been selected, building plans approved, the foundation poured, and the INFORMS team from UM is working on interior layout. We have a completion goal of September 1, 2019 with a ribbon-cutting dedication goal of the September 16, 2019 New West Willow Neighborhood Association Meeting.
  • The five Ford fellows in the Thirty Under 30 Program are moving forward with exercises to get to know the West Willow neighborhood better. They created “The Story of You” kits and distributed them to 45 residents.
  • Habitat participated in the West Willow Community Clean-Up Day on May 18, 2019. We planted flowers at the neighborhood entrance signs, West Willow Park, and at the Community Resource Center; prepared the community garden for planting; and cleaned up and put down mulch in flower beds.
  • The West Willow Dumpster Days in partnership with Republic Services were a huge success! On Saturday June 1 and Saturday June 8 from 12-3:00, residents of West Willow volunteered to help other residents unload their unwanted items into the three 30-yard dumpsters each day donated by Republic Services. Residents expressed so much gratitude for this service, especially those who had recently experienced flooded basements. Thank you to Republic Services for providing this important activity in West Willow. We hope to be able to provide additional Dumpster Days as this is definitely a need in the community.



  • The Sugarbrook Action Teams continue to meet regularly and are working on neighborhood activities. If you live in Sugarbrook or are a community partner working in Sugarbrook, we encourage you to join an action team. Please contact Ceara at Habitat for more information at or 734-478-0250.
  • Kettering Action Team: 82 survey responses were collected between April 6 and May 3, 2019 for the Sugarbrook Residents’ Hopes for the Kettering School Site. The action team presented the survey results at the Neighborhood Watch Meeting on April 23 and at the Ypsilanti Community Schools school board on May 6. Top choices for the almost 10 acre site are a green space (including community garden, green  pace, dog park, walking path, benches) and community gathering space/activities (including rec center, youth activity space, community gathering space, pavilion, and community bulletin board).
  • Neighbor Relations Action Team: The team continues to meet every two weeks and has been promoting the neighborhood Facebook page that they created as well as the Nextdoor.com site. They recently  secured Thrivent as a sponsor for their Sugarbrook End of Summer Bash which will be held on Saturday September 14. Volunteers are needed for the event between 10 – 3 and can sign up by visiting  4h.org/buildingonfaith or by contacting James Hannah at or 734-882-2003.
  • Amenities Action Team: On Saturday April 13, the team went door-todoor on Andrea and Foley Streets asking residents which improvements they would like to see on their street (crosswalks, speedbumps, curbs, better lighting, etc.) 32 responses were collected, and the team is now analyzing the results and discussing next steps, which will involve obtaining signatures from residents in order to submit a petition to
    Ypsilanti Township and County Road Commissioner.
  • Youth Activities Action Team: 30 people attended the family movie night on Saturday April 13 at Community Family Life Center. Everyone enjoyed watching Space Jam and eating pizza! The team also secured a grant from Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Foundation to purchase equipment for future movie nights (outdoor/indoor screen, projector and speakers) and a popcorn machine!
  • Habitat continues to work with Community Family Life Center (CFLC) on improving health-related issues in Sugarbrook. On June 6, CFLC was the host site for a meeting of area agencies interested in exploring the idea of a Resilience Van: a mobile van that comes into neighborhoods providing mental health services for youth and young adults. This idea is in response to needs expressed by youth about the biggest problems they face and what would help. The Washtenaw County Health Department, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, MyVoice, University of Michigan, Corner Health Center, Community Mental Health, and several other agencies have been exploring the idea of the Resilience Van for several months, and Habitat is happy to come aboard on this initiative! Over 30 area agencies attended the Resilience Van  Convening, and Habitat was asked to present information about neighborhood strengths in West Willow and Sugarbrook.
  • Habitat is thrilled to have been awarded a $40,000 grant in partnership with Community Family Life Center for a Sports Equipment Sharing Program called SportPort. Habitat will be the fiscal agent for the grant funds, and CFLC will implement the program that will provide sports equipment to be borrowed by Sugarbrook residents, with an emphasis on engaging youth ages 5-13. The program is funded through the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, administered by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, and the sports equipment will be provided through Project Play: Southeast Michigan. The YMCA of Ann Arbor will also be involved by bringing their mobile equipment sharing vehicle to the community.
  • Habitat held our first Exterior Home Improvement projects for calendar year 2019 on Saturday May 11. The day was sponsored by Women Build, and we worked with 22 volunteers at the homes of two senior women in the neighborhood. The women volunteers and homeowners had a wonderful time, and got a lot of work done! Thank you to Pastor Julianne and St. Mark Lutheran Church for hosting us for the morning gathering time and lunch.

Charter Township of Ypsilanti  •  7200 S. Huron River Dr. Ypsilanti, Mi 48197  •  (734) 484 - 4700

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