Future is bright for Habitat for Humanity

On Nov. 3, 2019, fire, ignited by an electrical shortage, consumed the ReStore and Re-Think Boutique by Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Michigan, a source of support for our mission of “seeking to put God’s love into action, bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.” HFHNEMI is grateful for the effort by the firefighters of the city and township, law enforcement officers of the city and county of Alpena in containing the blaze, so that our loss didn’t become the loss of others.

The alarm bell was heard throughout the area, and help began to arrive from individuals and businesses, initially food and drink, continuing with cash donations and services to assist in the rebuilding of our store. The sincerity and generosity of the response has been encouraging, for which HFHNEMI is thankful.

The process of rebuilding has begun, decisions have been made — the future will be promising. A new location, 2118 Werth Road, has been leased and staff, with the assistance of volunteers, will be installing and arranging fixtures. Details will be announced through local media and our Facebook page –facebook.com/HFHNEMI.

The blaze, big by today’s standard, small by those of the past, generated a response that demonstrates that Alpena is, in the words of historian Bob Haltiner, “the town that wouldn’t die.” On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank the community for the confidence that has been been given, and vow to work toward a “world where everyone has a decent place to live.”


president, Board of Directors, HFHNEMI


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