TRAVERSE CITY — Even though it wasn’t the “aim,” Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region came home a double winner from an annual conference of Michigan Habitat affiliates.

Grand Traverse Region was named Habitat for Humanity of Michigan Affiliate of the Year for 2020, topping 52 others for the honor. The announcement came at the 24th annual Affiliates in Motion (AIM) conference conducted virtually late last month.

Following the presentation of the Affiliate of the Year award, Habitat Grand Traverse Region won a drawing for a “Custom House” package for a future build. Entries were based on $25 donations in October.

In a year that was trying for nonprofits and businesses across the country, the two honors showed not all the news from 2020 is bad.

“We were surprised; thankful, grateful,” said Wendy Irvin, executive director of Habitat Grand Traverse. “It was a year of blessings. Even in a tough year, there was still a lot to be thankful for. People come together in tough times.”

The award for affiliate of the year is actually for what Habitat Grand Traverse did in 2019.

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