Habitat for Humanity celebrates completion of new home
in Detroit Shoreway neighborhood

(Plain Press, October 2006) On Saturday September 9th, leaders in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood gathered to dedicate a new home at 7504 Lawn Avenue for Gloria Clark and her family.

Through participation in the Habitat for Humanity program and financial support from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, The Illuminating Company, and JAM Foundation, Gloria Clark and her family are preparing to move into their new home after living in a one-bedroom apartment and more recently living with Gloria’s mom.

The Clarks have been involved in all aspects of building their house – from the foundation to final painting – as they have completed well over the required 500 “Sweat Equity” Hours required by Cleveland Partner Families.  They are truly looking forward to their new future in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood.

Gloria works as a nursing assistant at Metro Health Hospital. Son Merio, 20,  works part-time while he saves money to go back to school to study to become an electrician. Daughter Phylicia, 18, would love to own her own business one day. Shereina, 14, has dreams of becoming a brain surgeon or even the President of the United States.

 Those contributing to the rehabilitation of the Clark house included:  Detroit Shoreway Community Development Corporation, Ohio Savings Bank, the Sheet Metal Union, Heights Garden Center, our Inward Bound Summer Youth Program, and two volunteer leadership teams – the “Lutherans” (headed by Ron Kear, Bill Pearsall, Rev. John and Mary Evans) and the “Presbyterians” (headed by Gus Mautz and John Gibb).

Through Habitat for Humanity’s housing program, low-income working families are given an opportunity to make investments in themselves and their futures by building and buying their own Habitat home.  All Habitat Partner Families complete at least 500 volunteer (“sweat equity”) hours working side-by-side with volunteers.  Cleveland Habitat Partner families purchase their home with a no-interest, no-profit mortgage.  Habitat is dedicated to helping families become successful homeowners, to giving parents a chance to create a better life for their children, and to adding valuable stakeholders to Cleveland’s neighborhoods.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity call Chris Keller, Volunteer Programs Director at 429-1299 ext 226 or visit Habitat’s website at www.clevelandhabitat.org.

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