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Habitat Clarkston kickoffs Sunday at Taste

September 19, 2012 - My Habitat Clarkston is all set to start helping a local family build their own house, but first they need some property.

"We thought it would be easy to find property, maybe for rehabilitation, with all the foreclosures in the area ," said Pastor Gregory Henneman of Clarkston Community Church. "But nothing yet."

The community project hopes to have a location in time for its kickoff at Taste of Clarkston, Sept. 23, where they will have a booth offering information.

"If anyone knows of anyone willing to donate, realtors willing to sell at a discount, we need a site really soon," Henneman said.

Calvary Lutheran Church, 6805 Bluegrass Drive just north of downtown, hosts a Free Benefit Kickoff Concert featuring Alexander Zonjic and Friends, at 6 p.m. after Taste of Clarkston. All concert proceeds will benefit Clarkston's Habitat for Humanity efforts.

"Zonjic is a world renowned flutist who has a heart for helping causes like this one," said Pastor Jonathan Heierman, Calvary Lutheran. "There will also be an opportunity that evening to meet the family who will be housed through these efforts and to hear from Habitat leaders about their exciting vision for this project that we hope will go far beyond housing alone."

A team of volunteers, churches, and community organizations are working with Habitat for Humanity on the project, he said.

"This is an opportunity for us to pull together as a community, and especially as a faith community, to help provide adequate housing for a family and a better habitat for all of us here," Heierman said. "I hope and pray it will bring our community, and especially our churches, closer together in building an even better habitat for humanity."

The North Oakland Chapter of Habitat for Humanity was launched at Calvary about 27 years ago, he said.

"Over the years, Habitat has built houses in many other areas - but now returns with a project and community wide emphasis right here in Clarkston," he said. "I am very excited about this new habitat initiative in our community."

For more information, check "MyHabitatClarkston" on Facebook.

Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.
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