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Member Spotlight: Habitat for Humanity HiawathaLand

Habitat for Humanity HiawathaLand is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in our local service area and worldwide. The HiawathaLand office located in Manistique, MI has helped serve families and build or repair homes in Schoolcraft, Alger Luce, and W. Mackinac Counties for the past 25 years. This has been possible due to the ongoing support from local volunteers and businesses who donate their time and resources to help those in need, along with many other volunteer groups from all across the U.S.

Located at 401 Deer Street, the Habitat for Humanity building resides in an old elementary school fitted for volunteer groups that travel near and far to help work on local housing projects. Renovated to offer week long stays, the building provides an eat-in, commercial kitchen along with the upstairs corridor providing women’s and men’s dorms, restrooms, shower facilities, and a rec room to help make the volunteers stay comfortable and enjoyable.

Executive Director, Ann MacGregor, shed some light on the current state of projects amid COVID-19. “This year we had more volunteer groups and projects planned than any year before, sadly due to the pandemic we have had to cancel a lot of our summer plans and delay new construction until next year. We just hope the community will soon be back and ready to help with our next project.” With groups finally coming to visit in August, the Habitat team is thrilled to have projects back on their schedule. Community events like Women's Build Day and the 25th Anniversary Event have had to be postponed, but be sure to look for their annual Golf Tournaments, Japanese Dinner, and Annual Lunch & Auction to make a comeback next year.

In addition to their housing projects and Volunteer Center, they also provide a resale store called the ReStore. The ReStore allows shoppers to buy items necessary to help make their house a home at a huge discount, thanks to donations from the area. This helps provide an environmentally and socially responsible option to keep unnecessary items from being thrown out. The ReStore is excited to finally be accepting donations again and have hopes that the town will be able to restock their shelves. For more information on drop off procedures, volunteer opportunities, upcoming projects or events and current fundraising efforts, please visit their website at, follow them on Facebook at or give them a call at 906-341-1444 (ReStore) / 341-7437 (Office).

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