Home is the Key campaign assists new homeowners

The Mecosta County Habitat for Humanity Restore in Big Rapids will be accepting donations for the Home is the Key campaign throughout the summer. (Pioneer photo/Taylor Fussman)

MECOSTA COUNTY —  The Mecosta County Habitat for Humanity is helping one resident’s dreams come true with its new Home is the Key campaign.

Lisa Barnum, the director of community outreach for the Mecosta County Habitat for Humanity, explained the purpose of the local campaign is down payment assistance.

As the nonprofit organization approaches the groundbreaking of its 32nd home since its establishment in 1992, people have the opportunity to donate to assist the future homeowner, Jennifer Deater, and her son, Zac.

People can purchase a key by making a donation online or by stopping in to the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Big Rapids.

Barnum explained Deater, a single mom and para-educator at Big Rapids Public Schools, has tried to save for a home in the past but has been unable to save enough for the down payment.

“Donating will help her fulfill her dream of being a homeowner,” Barnum said.

Although the groundbreaking date is still to be determined, the lot has been donated and plans for the project are underway. According to Barnum, two contractors were hired and the building permits were obtained.

The Home is the Key campaign is scheduled to run through the end of summer, but Barnum said it will likely be available on the Habitat for Humanity website until the down payment on the house is due so people can continue to make donations if they wish.

According to the Habitat for Humanity website, in addition to donating to the Home is the Key campaign, people can assist in building the Deaters’ new home by volunteering to work on the site once construction begins or by donating services or materials to the project. These donations assist in keeping construction costs low and making the homeowners’ mortgage affordable.

For more information on the Mecosta County Habitat for Humanity Home is the Key campaign visit mecostahabitat.com/the-key/.

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