Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity

Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat Birmingham serves the affordable housing needs of Jefferson, Shelby, Walker and St. Clair counties in Alabama. The organization builds quality, affordable housing and revitalizes existing houses while encouraging family stability and pomoting self-sufficiency, educational achievement and responsible citizenship.
Jul 10, 2014

Rebuilding and Community Support following Tornadoes Continues

Habitat Birmingham continues to help rebuild communities affected by the April 2011 tornadoes. We have a build lined up this fall for a new partner family whose rental property sustained damage in 2011. We also have lots available for selection among partner families in communities that were heavily affected by the tornadoes, with a goal of helping rebuild and revitalize those communities.

While still rebuilding and recovering from the tornadoes of 2011, on April 28th of this year, we had more tornadoes hit Greater Birmingham. The affected cities were Kimberly, AL (Blount County) and Bessemer, AL (Jefferson County). With a proven network in place to respond to the communities, the Central Alabama Long-Term Recovery Committee is already meeting and poised to respond to help the families affected by the tornadoes. To date, 84 households have filed with FEMA for support. Many of these will have construction needs, and Habitat will again take point position on assessing those needs, and facilitating the repairs to the affected homes and helping the families move forward following the disaster. We are proud to be a part of this community's disaster response plan, and member of the Central Alabama Long-Term Recovery Committee.

Your support of our efforts to build homes, communities and hope is greatly appreciated!

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Apr 15, 2014

Three More Families Served by Habitat Birmingham

Ms. Aaron
Ms. Aaron's New Home

We last reported that we had begun construction of the Aaron home in Pratt City on January 6th.

We are pleased to report that Ms. Aaron is happy and well in her new home. Additionally, we started construction on Mr. Cooper’s home at the beginning of March. Mr. Cooper, an Army veteran, lost his home in the April 2011 tornadoes. The home had been in his family for two generations when the storm came through. We began construction on his new home on his own lot on Saturday, March 8 – the dedication is Good Friday, April 18th. We also recently dedicated a home for the Stanton family in Pratt City, another family affected by the tornadoes.

Over the past few months, we have had hundreds of volunteers out on these sites – from colleges across the country, and churches here in the Greater Birmingham area. It takes a lot of willing hearts, helping hands, and yes, dedicated dollars to (re)build homes, communities and hope in our community.

Your contribution today can help us help families like the Aarons, Coopers, and Stanton in the coming months, as well as purchase abandoned lots in disaster affected communities so that we can revitalize neighborhoods still bearing scars from the storms.

The Stanton family on the porch of their new home
The Stanton family on the porch of their new home
Mr. Cooper worked alongside volunteers on his home
Mr. Cooper worked alongside volunteers on his home

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Jan 1, 2014

Progress Continues to Aid in Rebuilding Communities

The Smiths moved into their new home this fall.
The Smiths moved into their new home this fall.

Habitat Birmingham completed construction on three homes this past quarter in Pratt City and Pleasant Grove. Two of the homes were built for new families moving into Pleasant Grove, and one home was for a family living in Pratt City during the tornadoes. With the help of our sponsors, partners and volunteers, each of the families are happily in their new homes.

We begin construction on another home in Pratt City on January 6th for the Aaron family. Many of the volunteers helping build this home will be college students from across the country, traveling to Birmingham for our Collegiate Challenge Program. These students come spend a week service helping others during their school breaks. Habitat Birmingham will have 600 out of town (and some even from as far away as Canada!) college volunteers participating in Collegiate Challenge this year.

Habitat Birmingham depends on it donors and volunteers to fulfill its mission of building homes, communities and hope. Your contribution today can help us kick off 2014 with a strong start. Happy New Year!

Volunteers help us build homes, communities & hope
Volunteers help us build homes, communities & hope
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