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My Habitat Clarkston fulfills need



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May 21, 2014 - What? A Habitat for Humanity build in Clarkston? Why in Clarkston? Isn't Clarkston a rich town?

Well yes, in many ways Clarkston is a wealthy town and blessed with many resources.

But did you know that according to The Lighthouse of Oakland County's report on poverty, a seismic shift has occurred in Oakland County since 2005?

"In Oakland County, the state's wealthiest county, the number of individuals in poverty has grown to more than 118,000, an increase of 77% between 2005 and 2012."

Poverty is no longer an urban issue. Many suburbs, like Clarkston, have a growing number of people in poverty.

I was in a meeting with Tim Ruggles, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Oakland, and he mentioned that the average age of a homeless person is nine years of age.

I've heard that some are disputing the numbers, but whatever the exact numbers are, the need is here even in Clarkston.

That's why I'm so excited for our Habitat for Humanity build this summer. Property has been purchased.

A family has been selected. And we're ready to move ahead. The cost of the project is $130,000.

Some lead gifts have already been committed.

But this is the time for OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY TO COLLABERATE TOGETHER.

Can you give financially? Do you have some kind of building skills? Can you give "in kind" gifts? Can you volunteer to serve food on a certain day?

More information will soon be available on our Facebook page "My Habitat Clarkston."

The Rev. Greg Henneman is pastor of Clarkston Community Church

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