Detroit 2020-Habitat #Buildup: Sign Up Today

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(Courtesy of WXYZ Action News Detroit 2020)

Stephen Clark of WXYZ TV, Channel 7

Join Detroit 2020 and Habitat for Humanity Detroit this Saturday, October 1st to build walls that will go inside the 76th Habitat home in Detroit!

Detroit 2020 is teaming up with Habitat For Humanity Detroit and Mans Lumber and Millwork in Canton for a project we’re calling the #Buildup. Shield’s Pizza of Southfield, McDonald’s and Joe’s Produce Gourmet Market of Livonia will be providing food for all of the hard workers.

The event will take place at 7:30 a.m. at Habitat Detroit’s Jane Street Operations Center, 14325 Jane St., Detroit, MI 48205.  Click here to register.

Channel 7′s Alicia Smith is leading the way for our first #buildup…



You may remember Action News Anchor Stephen Clark coordinated a #bustup with the Motor City Blight Busters in June.

WXYZ’s #backchannel Twitter “family” came out in droves to help tear down a dilapidated building during this one-day #bustup.

Now, Action News This Morning anchor Alicia Smith is leading the way for our first #buildup. The #backchannel (including the #EarlyRisers) are all welcome to take part again, and we invite anyone else in the community to join us.


Habitat for Humanity Detroit has signed a pledge called Vision 2020 which sets a goal of eliminating poverty housing in Detroit by the year 2020.

“Our families are some of the hardest working people you will ever met,” said Habitat for Humanity Detroit’s Executive Director Vincent Tilford.

“By giving them a hand up and not a hand out, we help one family at a time to change their lives and change neighborhoods,” he added.

“As the foreclosure crisis grows and the number of vacant, derelict homes increases, low income working families have an even harder time finding decent and affordable housing,” said Tilford. “Your support provides hope.”

The walls we will build will go into a Habitat home in the Morningside Commons neighborhood.

Jim Garlough – a retired history teacher from Grosse Pointe South — has built many walls (and then some) during his five years of volunteering at Habitat for Humanity Detroit.

“Some would call me a ‘habitual’ volunteer,” he laughed.

He said there’s no need to worry if you don’t have any construction experience.

“The staff here is always very careful to make sure nobody is doing anything beyond their skill level,” said Garlough. “Volunteers will be well-mentored, watched over, and safe,” he explained.

Usually three-to-four people work on one wall or wall section at a time.
We will probably build some of them inside the warehouse and some of them outside.

Detroit 2020-Habitat Buildup, click to watch the video

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