Habitat for Humanity helps family in time for the holidays

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published November 24, 2017

 Shawn, Markita, 9-year-old Aubrey and 7-year-old Aaron Colemon pose for a photo on the porch of their new home in Eastpointe Nov. 21. The family worked with Macomb County Habitat for Humanity to get the home.

Shawn, Markita, 9-year-old Aubrey and 7-year-old Aaron Colemon pose for a photo on the porch of their new home in Eastpointe Nov. 21. The family worked with Macomb County Habitat for Humanity to get the home.

Photo by Donna Agusti

EASTPOINTE — Shawn and Markita Colemon will begin the holidays in their new Eastpointe home after getting some help from Macomb County Habitat for Humanity.

According to Macomb County Habitat for Humanity’s website, the local organization formed in 1993 and to date has helped 144 families find homes in 12 Macomb County communities.

According to the organization, Macomb County Habitat for Humanity strives to “improve financial literacy by overseeing mortgages, as well as aiding in retail operation and homeowner development.”

Markita said she and her husband applied to the program in May, but were told the organization wasn’t accepting applications.

“The person who takes the applications told me to still apply, and I did. We were approved. We were called back in August, and they had a home for us in September,” she recalled.

She said she and her family were shown a couple of homes, but to her knowledge, “There weren’t supposed to be any homes available in Eastpointe.”

The couple said they looked at a home in Mount Clemens, but turned it down because they wanted to be closer to their children’s schools.

Two weeks from the August callback, the family was notified that the home in Eastpointe was available.

“We signed the paperwork for this home in the beginning of September. Two months later, we’re in the home,” she said.

Shawn said that for him, the process was in divine order.

“This is amazing how divinely all of this happened. My father is two blocks away from here. We had no idea we would land right here. I’m grateful that I’m able to be by him and help him as well. We greatly appreciate all the prayers and support,” he said.

“This is nothing but a miracle to be standing here with other things we tried to do — and got burned by them trying to take advantage of our credit — so this was a great setback for a good comeback,” he added.    

He said that when he saw their new home, it looked “very nice from the outside,” and he said he knew it was their home.

“I looked at my wife and children and said, ‘This is it.’”

“This is our home; for the children to play in the backyard and them have a home, it’s an amazing feeling,” he said.

President and CEO of Macomb County Habitat for Humanity Helen Hicks said she is relieved for the family.

“All of us involved feel a sense of relief, really, and accomplished. There were a lot of people that had their hand in this house — hundreds of volunteers, not just the family. Staff, the county, Gleaners Community Food Bank filled the pantry with food, and it really took a village to make this work for this family,” said Hicks.

Hicks also said the process was “quick” and took six months, when it usually takes about a year.

“They were enthusiastic. When we needed paperwork, they were ready to go and would have it in the next day, and that helped the process along too,” she said.

Tracie Peltier, an associate broker for 3 Tier Real Estate, works with Macomb County Habitat and sold the home to the organization.

“We volunteered to help do the repairs and also gave back commission on the home as a gift. When it was made known that volunteers would be needed to help with the home, we offered to help with that as well,” said Peltier.

Peltier said that when she was doing all of this, she “didn’t know (Macomb County Habitat) had a family at the time” for the home.

Shawn said he’s grateful for Macomb County Habitat.

“They’ve shown their heart and love and gratitude to help my family,” he said.

Markita said she has a message for someone who may be in the same situation she and her husband were in.

“Have faith, trust God and try Habitat,” she said.

The family ended the dedication by doing a ribbon cutting inside one of their three bedrooms in their new home. The couple have two children: Aubrey, 9, and Aaron, 7.