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The Beer City Saxophone Ensemble played a concert this holiday season to benefit Habitat Kent. I sat down with one of the bandleaders of the group, Gary McCourry. He shares his Habitat story that began in New York City and has flourished in West Michigan. Music can be a platform for powerful change in the simple and big ways. 


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     In a community where many of us have never known growing up without a home, the impact of homeownership can be diluted. At Habitat Kent, we’re honored to partner with families who experience the impact of the homeownership process and beyond.

     The living situation before many of our homebuyers start the Habitat program is dire. Families are living in cramped apartments or rental units while overpaying for rent and utilities.

     “My whole life I’ve been always moving, all the time,” said homebuyer Jasmine. “As a kid, if I didn’t switch schools three times per year then it wasn’t normal to me. I couldn’t make friends or call anywhere home. It was really hard for us. Life was chaotic.”

     Each homebuyer story is unique, but each member of the program shows a need for homeownership, ability to pay for a home, and a willingness to partner with Habitat Kent

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I sat down with Habitat Kent homebuyer Steve Jones who is on the finishing end of the homeownership program. Steve shares his story on how going through the homeownership program changed his family and his own personal life. He talks about sweat equity and how giving to Habitat Kent has a powerful return on investment. 


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     The Beer City Saxophone Ensemble will perform on Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. in a concert featuring a wide variety of jazz arrangements with rhythm section.  This event is open to the public at Christ Lutheran Church, 2350 44th Street SW, Wyoming, Michigan.  This swinging group includes saxophonists Gary McCourry, Jim Hayward, Mike Lutley, Tom Lockwood, Tom Stansell, Greg Marsden, and Bob Nixon and will be joined by pianist Steve Talaga, drummer Eddie Eicher and bassist Joe Oprea.  Free will offerings will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Kent County.

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     Clovis, Fany, Johanne (8), Arthur (6) and Grace (2) are excited for a new chapter in their lives. A two-bedroom, one bathroom apartment has been too crowded for the Moyopo-Djouguem family, and they’ve lived in various locations since immigrating to the United States in 2012.

     “My main motivation for moving to the United States was because I love my children,” Clovis said. “I want a better future for them.”

     Clovis found out about Habitat Kent’s homeownership program through his brother, another Habitat Kent homeowner, and he feels blessed that his family “can have a new start.” This new start means a quality education for the children and a continued education for both Clovis and Fany. Clovis wants to eventually continue his education in the health care field while Fany is studying to become an electrician.

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