Habitat for Humanity Menominee River selected for ‘Affiliate of Distinction’ honor

KINGSFORD – Habitat for Humanity Menominee River has been selected as one of 12 “Honorable Mentions” by Habitat for Humanity International’s Affiliates of Distinction program.

“We were very pleased for our affiliate to be selected as an Honorable Mention Affiliate of Distinction. We were the smallest affiliate to be selected as either an Affiliate of Distinction or an honorable mention Affiliate of Distinction,” said Nancy Pellegrini, Habitat for Humanity Menominee River Executive Director.

“Many of the honored affiliates were in large metropolitan areas. This is a great tribute to all of our volunteers, families, donors, and this community,” she said.

The Affiliates of Distinction program was established in 2012 by Habitat for Humanity to honor those Habitat affiliates that meet or exceed best-practice standards and to uphold their work as best practices.

The first group of Affiliates of Distinction winners was announced earlier this year.

Habitat affiliates considered for the honor were reviewed by seven criteria: sustainable and green building; overall organizational leadership; community development; financial sustainability; alignment with Habitat for Humanity’s strategic plan; effective use of technology to better communication with the public; and support for Habitat’s global mission.

Habitat for Humanity Menominee River is a faith based Christian nonprofit housing ministry that believes in helping its neighbor by giving a hand up, not a hand out.

The three components to Habitat for Humanity are partner families, volunteers, and donors.

All three are needed to successfully accomplish its goal of eliminating substandard housing in the community.

Programs offered are home ownership, neighborhood revitalization, and the Habitat ReStore.

Habitat for Humanity Menominee River has housed 38 families since the affiliate started in 1994. These families include 58 adults and 78 children.

Habitat homes are Energy Star certified, which results in lower utility bills for our families. Habitat for Humanity Menominee River has also been Green Certified through the Builders Challenge program for the past three years.

Two of their most recent homes were rehabs of donated houses.

Families purchase their home with an affordable mortgage.

Money from the mortgage payments is used by the affiliate to construct or renovate additional affordable housing as well as in our neighborhood revitalization program.

Habitat for Humanity Menominee River is audited annually. Its goal is to increase the number of families served each year.

The Menominee River chapter currently serves Dickinson and Iron counties in Michigan and portions of Florence and Marinette counties in Wisconsin.