Family Given Brand New Home in Lakewood

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LAKEWOOD, Ohio — A family of seven was given a new start Saturday.

Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity dedicated a brand new home to the Simmons family on what was once a vacant lot.

Friends and volunteers built the house from the ground up, and it was funded by the city of Lakewood. Habitat also partnered with Wells Fargo, Neighborhood Housing Services and First Federal of Lakewood.

Lamar Simmons works at a local bank and his wife, Danitica, is a full-time stay-at-home mom. They have five children, all under the age of 13.

They were actively involved in the whole process with Habitat, and said they’re grateful for their new home.

“It’s really a good time,” said Lamar Simmons. “A good feeling.”

“Words can’t really express the emotions we’re feeling right now,” said Danitica. “It’s definitely a blessing.”

The family said it will continue to partner with Habitat to help other families.

It’s the Habitat’s last new home project; now the organization will focus exclusively on rehabilitating existing homes for clients.

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