Janet Duman talks about the impact the Clarkston Affordable Home Repair program had on her family. In partnership with the City of Clarkston, L-C Valley Habitat saved her home.
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Janet Duman had to retire early due to back issues. She has limited mobility and cannot do home repairs herself. She has lived in her home since 1983 and knew it needed significant repairs.
When it rained, she had to place a towel in the middle of her kitchen table. If it was a heavy rain, the towel would be soaked and start dripping on her floor. On the exterior, the soffit was falling apart. There were also some significant drywall repairs necessary due to water damage.
Janet lives off of Social Security and could not afford the $10,000 new roof she had been quoted. That’s when she found the Clarkston Affordable Home Repair Program through L-C Valley Habitat for Humanity. Janet says, “Habitat for Humanity gave me a huge blessing. They saved my home.” It was reassuring to her that she didn’t have to worry about the contractors coming back and asking for large sums of money as they progressed through the repairs, because she just didn’t have it to give them.
Her COPD, in addition to the back problems, make it impossible for her to even do interior painting. She didn’t have to worry about any of it. In her words, “I was able to sit there and say holy moly, I’m just so grateful.”
All CAHR project homeowners are required to complete 25 hours of sweat equity in addition to paying a manageable amount to cover the cost of repairs. Janet loves our ReStore and opted to do her sweat equity as a volunteer in the store. She told us that she would have gladly done 100 hours in exchange for a completely new roof.
She summed up the impact for her by saying, “For the rest of my life, and I’m 63, I don’t have to worry about this stuff anymore because it’s going to be fixed.”