Habitat home finished

John Rohlf/Clinton HeraldDavida Sanders speaks at the Habitat for Humanity dedication ceremony Sunday at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton.

CLINTON — Community members on Sunday celebrated the completion of the 11th house built as part of Habitat for Humanity’s goal to build one house per year.

A Habitat for Humanity dedication ceremony was held at Zion Lutheran Church, 439 Third Ave. South, to celebrate the completion of the house at 445 Sixth Ave. South. Local union workers and volunteers helped build the home along with the partner family, who is required to put in 350 sweat equity hours toward building the home. Work on the home began in June and it took approximately six months to complete. This year’s homeowner, Davida Sanders, a single mother from Chicago, expressed gratitude for the support of her family.

“I didn’t know anybody when I came here,” Sanders said. “I just knew that I wanted a better life for me and my kids. But the love and the support I’ve been shown here it will forever be etched in my heart.”

Tatia Earl, Sanders’ friend and a Habitat for Humanity homeowner, met Sanders about one year ago when Sanders began working at Petersen-Hagge. Earl described Sanders as one of the most genuine, kind-hearted, caring and down-to-earth people she has ever met.

“She deserves nothing but the best life has to offer to her and her children,” Earl said. “I actually knew a few days before Davida she had been chosen. Even though I so desperately wanted to tell her I didn’t. I wanted her to have the same wonderful experiences I did when I was given the news. Dreams are not really meant for sleeping and I am so beyond happy to be watching as one comes true for Davida and the kids. I am so beyond ecstatic to be a part of their dedication today.”

Clinton City Councilwoman Julie Allesee said the city is excited to be a partner with house builds and to provide lots.

“These are neighborhoods that I think are conducive to these builds and they’re good for the people that are coming into the neighborhood,” Allesee said. “And it’s good for the restoration of the neighborhood, too.”

Volunteers are needed to prepare for and carry out building a new house later this year. Anyone interested is encouraged to call 242-4494, email clintoncountyiowahabitat@yahoo.com or visit the Clinton County Habitat for Humanity website at clintoncountyhabitat.org.