[This story is adapted from Noël McLaren's article with Upper Michigan's Source. To view the original article, along with some video footage, click here.]
State Representative Steve Lindberg (109-Marquette) says he’s no handyman, but he still likes to support a handy program in Marquette.
The legislator gave a helping hand to Habitat for Humanity Tuesday afternoon at 728 Union Street in Marquette. This is the third home Lindberg has proudly worked on with Habitat.
“This [Habitat for Humanity] is a program where people get a hand up rather than a hand out; it is one of the greatest programs that I can think of, and believe me, there are a lot of good programs out there,” said Lindberg. ”But this is one that I like to participate in every time I have a chance.”
The four-bedroom home Lindberg worked on will benefit the Desparois family, a young U.P. couple with three young children.
Marquette County Habitat for Humanity is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged.
[This story is adapted from an article by Ryan Kilgren with Upper Michigan's Source. To read the original story, click here.]
The nearly 90 degree heat didn’t stop State Senator Tom Casperson from getting his hands dirty at a Habitat for Humanity site in Marquette on July 23. The senator and part of his staff came to help with Marquette Habitat’s Home Sweet Home initiative, where they helped with the building of a new home and accompanying shed.
Senator Casperson says that as a result of seeing this new perspective of community development, he’s already got some possible ideas for the future.
“There’s some ideas maybe we can come up with from our level to help them out with how they operate,” said Senator Casperson. ”Looking for land as an example – the potential we have from the legislative side to maybe help them and assist them in those areas.”
“[Legislators Building Communities] demonstrates [the legislators'] willingness to help out low income families and the importance of the role that Habitat for Humanity plays in our communities,” said Marquette County Habitat President Ken Czapski.
Marquette County Habitat for Humanity has built or rehabbed 76 homes in Marquette County since 1992. There are currently 4 new homes being built in the Marquette area that are scheduled for completion in August of 2011.