About Us

The Good News House Group is a non-profit group of 16 congregations pooling their resources to provide a joint outreach ministry to our community in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley (HHHV), which is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (HHI).

The Good News House group formed in 1997 primarily through the efforts of Bob Whitacre. Initially we built one new house each year then in 2009 we switched to renovating two purchased homes each summer. Each congregation in our group supports our projects by providing a representative to serve on our steering committee, contributing to the $50,000 funding we provide Habitat for Humanity each year, and during the summer build season providing construction volunteers.

HHHV was incorporated in 1989 and began construction of its first house in 1990. At the close of the year 2011, HHHV dedicated their 100th home in Washtenaw County - including nineteen Good News Houses. HHHV is one of 84 local affiliates of Habitat for Humanity of Michigan (HHM).

HHI was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. Through its efforts, more than 150,000 houses have been built, providing more than 250,000 people with safe, decent, affordable homes in all 50 US states and 87 countries around the world. Two of its most famous volunteers are U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn Carter. Habitat for Humanity houses are sold to partner families at no profit and with no interest charged; mortgage payments are used to build more houses.

Good News House Congregations:

BetheI African Methodist Episcopal Church First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor Marble Memorial United Methodist Church
Calvary United Methodist Church First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor Stony Creek United Methodist Church
Chelsea Church of the Nazarene First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor West Side United Methodist Church
Cherry Hill United Methodist Church First United Methodist Church of Saline Wesley United Methodist Church
Dexter United Methodist Church First United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti
Dixboro United Methodist Church Manchester United Methodist Church

Houses and Families Over the Years

Good News House & Family Posters - 8 1/2" by 11"

The Passing of Bob Whitacre

The Good News Steering Committee would like to pay tribute to Bob Whitacre, who passed away on February 25, 2017.

Bob was the founder of the Good News Group and from 1997 to 2014 worked thousands of hours on more than twenty Habitat for Humanity homes. Bob was soft spoken, good humored and very generous with his time and talents. Everyone enjoyed working with him and counted him as a friend. In 2011, when he finally cut back on some of his Good News activities it took five people to replace him!

During Bob's years of working on Good News projects, he oversaw 21 new and renovated homes, hundreds of volunteers, and over a million dollars of funds raised. He made a very meaningful and lasting impact on the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti communities. We are blessed to be able to carry on his work.