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From right, the Rev. Jonathan Heierman talks about My Habitat Clarkston with Elizabeth Heiss Wyss, development associate for Habitat Oakland, and Shannon Chatman, who is working with My Habitat Clarkston to build a home for her and her two children. Photos by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)
July 30, 2014 - A Clarkston-area family is almost halfway to achieving their goal of homeownership, with the help of the community and My Habitat Clarkston.

"It's exciting – we really appreciate it," said prospective homeowner Shannon Chatman, who has been working with the community organization for about two years.

The Clarkston group organized a concert fund raiser in Depot Park, July 25. Country band Bob Arwood and the Regulators provided musical entertainment, and volunteers sold hot dogs and hundreds of hand decorated cupcakes.

"This wasn't something we were expecting – this took a lot of time and effort," Chatman said. "It's really sweet."

Local churches, businesses, schools, and community organizations have been working with Habitat for Humanity Oakland for two years, locating suitable property for families who must also complete lengthy applications.

"This is fantastic– we're getting ready for the ground breaking," said the Rev. Jonathan Heierman, pastor of Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church in Clarkston. "What I love about this is it draws everyone together, and gives us an opportunity to pull together and make it happen as a community."

"This is awesome, a model for every community we want to build in," said Kim Howard, manager of partnerships for Habitat Oakland. "This isn't a one time deal. It's the start of a longterm commitment together."

Ground breaking at the new home site in Springfield Township is Aug. 4. They are raising $130,000 for the project.

My Habitat Clarkston also organizes Impact Days in the fall and spring, helping families in need with home projects, and gathers information and resources for volunteers and those who need.

"The great thing is this is not just about building houses – it means building a better community for all of us," Heierman said.

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– Phil Custodio

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