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Give Hope Habitat Blitz Build

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July 27, 2020
On Tuesday, August 4, 2020, teams from Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity 
(GJHFH), Give Hope, neighbors in the Northwest School District, Habitat for Humanity of Michigan, and individual volunteers from the community will be onsite at the 2020 Give Hope Habitat Build to take part in the first ‘Blitz Build’ in over a decade for Habitat for Humanity in Jackson. Participants will include staff, volunteers, and Habitat homeowner partner families.  

“A Blitz Build is an event where groups of people come together and basically put up a house in a day or a few days,” said Wendy Clow, Executive Director of GJHFH. A lot of planning happens for weeks prior to the Blitz day: The site is prepped, foundation dug and poured, and the walls are built off-site at GJHFH’s facilities. The walls will be transported to the site prior to Blitz day, and on the day, August 4, it’s a full day of raising walls, placing trusses, and wrapping the house. 

It is common for Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country to host Blitz Build days. The last Blitz Build in Jackson was over ten years ago. “It really is a celebration of our mission statement: Putting God’s love into action, we bring people together to build homes, communities and hope. It’s a very special thing to see a community come together to build a house that will be some family’s dream come true.” - Wendy Clow. 

The property for this build is on Wolhaven (4th lot on the south side of the road on Wolhaven), just off Clinton Road (M50), about a mile northwest of Jax Naz Church. 
(There is no house address yet.) Media is welcome and encouraged. 

The partnership between Give Hope and Habitat for Humanity in Jackson was formed in December of 2019 with the intention of building a house together for a family in the Northwest School District. This build is in honor of Doug and Pennie Atkins, long time members of Give Hope. Doug lost his life in an automobile accident last December, and the Give Hope team has rallied around this project to honor his life.  

To qualify to be a Habitat homeowner, a family must meet certain criteria: 1) Need; 2) Ability to pay; and 3) Willingness to partner. Habitat works with low-income home buyers to teach financial and homeowner responsibilities, helping them to qualify for a mortgage to purchase the house they will help build. People interested in applying for a Habitat home can contact Jamie Potts, Family Services coordinator for Habitat at 517-784-6620 or

Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities, and hope. Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally by constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. 

Give Hope Disaster Relief trips began in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina hit, and were student driven. Since then, over 800 high school and college students, and chaperones from Jackson County have travelled the country helping local and national charitable foundations in disaster areas. Over time, we have helped in several areas, including New Orleans and other areas in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, (Portland) Michigan, Illinois, Texas, and Florida. While on site, we help with debris removal, and construction/reconstruction of homes. Our goal is to help in any way possible in an area of need. 

Many of our volunteers have dedicated years of their lives to helping others. These 800 volunteers include chaperones Pennie and Doug Atkins, who combined to participate in 29 trips. In December 2019, Doug lost his life in a car accident. To honor his legacy, we are working to build a Habitat for Humanity home in the Atkins’ honor. 

Check out this video (
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Wendy Clow, Executive Director, (517) 784-6620