October 7, 2013: Habitat for Humanity Day

WHEREAS, Habitat for Humanity of Michigan is a nonprofit, ecumenical faith-based housing ministry founded in 1993, which seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action; and

WHEREAS, in 1986, the United Nations designated the first Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day to encourage the reflection on the state of our towns and cities and the basic need of adequate shelter, and to remind the world of its collective responsibility to the future of the human habitat; and

WHEREAS, the first Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Michigan was incorporated in 1982 in Kent County, and there are currently 73 local affiliates providing service statewide; and

WHEREAS, Habitat for Humanity of Michigan is the State Support Organization for the 73 local Habitat affiliates; and

WHEREAS, since 1982, Habitat for Humanity affiliates have built more than 4,500 homes with 4,500 hard-working families in the State of Michigan; and

WHEREAS, in addition to building homes, Habitat for Humanity affiliates have provided service to thousands of Michiganders with home repairs and rehabs; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting to set aside time to recognize the efforts of Habitat for Humanity of Michigan over the last 20 years.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of the Great State of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Monday October 7th, 2013 as Habitat for Humanity Day.