Reader-submitted content: Habitat for Humanity volunteers break ground on new project

By Marge Rhode

Last Thursday at 5:30 p.m., approximately 40 friends and neighbors joined the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield and our newest prospective homeowner, Sonia Dunlap, to hold a short groundbreaking ceremony at 2100 West Manana Blvd. in Clovis.

After a short opening prayer, Brumfield spoke regarding the need for affordable housing in the city of Clovis, and of her support for the mission of Habitat for Humanity. Dunlap was too overcome with gratitude to speak, and expressed her sense of overwhelming gladness quietly.

Brumfield and Dunlap were joined by Pastor Scott Seymour of Trinity Methodist Church and Habitat Board Directors Melveta Walker and Gary Rhode in turning over several shovelfuls of dirt to complete the ceremony.

Clovis churches plan to be a big part of this next build. Along with Seymour, we were joined by Pastor Bonita Knox of Trinity Lutheran Church and Rev. Alan McAlister of Central Baptist Church, members of the Clovis Ministerial Alliance.

Habitat members are excited to see the commitment expressed by these representatives. As a nondenominational faith-based organization, church support is vital to the success of our mission.

We plan to have booths at both of the upcoming county fairs this year, and we’ll be looking for help staffing those booths.