Community comes together to work on housing projects - WNEM TV 5

Community comes together to work on housing projects

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FREELAND, MI (WNEM) -

Nail by nail, Doug McPearson builds a deck for a home in Freeland.

“It just... When you see the completed project and the smiles on people's face, so much gratitude goes to my heart. It's amazing,” McPearson said.

McPearson is part of a Habitat for Humanity rehabbing group. This week they are working on a few homes in the Freeland area.

Project leader Bob DuCharme said there is still a lot of work to be done.

“It's a lot of work but I think it's coming along real well,” DuCharme said. “The self-satisfaction of knowing you've accomplished something for someone who couldn't have the wherewithal to do it.”

But this project is a little bit different – it was not planned by Habitat for Humanity.

Seeing the projects that were being done in Saginaw and surrounding areas made the people of Freeland come together to ask Habitat to put together a project plan.

“We got the word out to the people, says hey, Habitat is willing to come out, we're ready to help, what do you need done,” McPearson said.

Building a new porch, a new roof and painting this entire house. It takes a lot of volunteers and just isn't something every homeowner is able to do themselves.

“She's elated. I think that's the easiest way to say it, she's just plain elated,” DuCharme said.

McPearson said, “The people that volunteer all come together and there's nobody who says, oh, I don't want to do this, or I don't want to do that. Everybody pitches in to paint or to dig or to build or whatever.”

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