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Senior Times - February 2016 Battle Creek Disabled Veteran
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By: Jen Flood Gifted A Home
Ahead of the holidays, the Calhoun County Land Bank, chaired by Treasurer Christine Schauer, donated a home to Levi Jenkins, a disabled veteran in Battle Creek.
This gift is a win-win for our com- munity. “We’re celebrating a happy ending for the Jenkins family, and the opportunity to give back to someone who has sacrificed so much for our country,” said Christine Schauer, Land Bank Board Chair and County Treasurer. “Keeping families in their homes is one of my top priorities and we’re so please to have found a cre- ative solution to keeping Mr. Jenkins and his family stay in their home.”
Jenkins was purchasing the house under a land contract. When the seller didn’t hold up his end of the deal and failed to pay property taxes, the house went through tax foreclosure. The property was then purchased by the Calhoun County Land Bank, where it was held until this announcement.
“I’m so grateful to Christine Schauer, the Land Bank and Legal Services for finding a way for me and
my family to stay in our home,” said Battle Creek resident Levi Jenkins. “We just want to be responsible homeowners, and now we can move forward with repairs and renovations to our home.”
Jenkins served in the Vietnam War and later worked as a police officer, ran a detective agency and owned a company that trained security offi- cers.
“We’re so glad to offer a solution to the Jenkins family using one of the Land Bank’s tools to benefit the com- munity,” said Krista Trout-Edwards, executive director of the Calhoun County Land Bank Authority. “... [this] is what the Land Bank is all about – improving neighborhoods and finding unique partnerships and solutions to the challenges we face to move Calhoun County forward.”
“We’re so happy that the Jenkins family will stay in their home and finally have the closure they need and deserve,” said Megan Reynolds, man- aging attorney for Legal Services of South Central Michigan. “I couldn’t think of a better way to thank a vet- eran.”
900 Territorial Road W, Battle Creek, Michigan 49015 Call 269-968-0300 or
An apartment community for seniors 55 and older
(Between Capital Avenue and 20th Street)
Happy Valentines Day!

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