Source: Sherman Publications

Spiritual Matters
Habitat for Humanity in Clarkston

May 16, 2012

I am excited about some networking currently going on here in Clarkston. Our church has participated in several Habitat builds in Pontiac.

Recently, however, we’ve been discussing the possibility of a build in Clarkston.

With our tough economic times, many people even in Clarkston have lost homes. Wouldn’t it be great if we could help some of these families get back on their feet?

We are seeking to form a coalition of businesses, government officials, houses of worship, nonprofits, and schools to connect with people in Clarkston who are in need of a hand up--especially people who need safe, decent, affordable housing.

Habitat for Humanity’s Oakland County affiliate has agreed to provide project management and support to the movement, starting with the acquisition and renovation of a foreclosed or vacant house in the Clarkston area for a local family.

Clarkston Community Church will provide seed funding and leadership for the project, culminating in a community volunteer effort in September and October.

Upon the renovation of the home in October, the family will move in before Thanksgiving.

Habitat for Humanity will help coordinate various community education, training, and work projects to go along with the effort.

The total budget for the home renovation project will be $100,000 and will require 100 - 150 volunteers.

There are all sorts of ways to contribute. Obviously, money is a big factor. If many organizations from around town cooperate, we can easily raise the money to build a house.

For those physically able, it will be fun to swing a hammer or paint or put up dry wall. We will need people to prepare lunches and park cars.

No matter what your skill level, there will be something to do. What a great way to build a sense of community!

Maybe you would like to get involved? Maybe you have someone in mind that is in need of a house? I encourage you to give me a call (248-625-1323).

“I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” - Jesus

The Rev. Greg Henneman is pastor of Clarkston Community Church.