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.
Sep 25, 2013

Habitat Birmingham Rebuilding Communities

Reservists volunteer alongside future homeowners
Reservists volunteer alongside future homeowners

On September 14th, more than seventy soldiers volunteered in Pleasant Grove and the City of Birmingham, partnering with Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity.

In place of its regular construction training, the 465th Engineering Company of the US Army Reserves held its construction operations on four Habitat sites in Greater Birmingham.  Two of the sites were in Pleasant Grove, where Habitat has begun two new homes this summer to help rebuild neighborhoods and cities within our community that have not fully recovered from the tornadoes from 2011.

Service members arrived bright and early Saturday morning, lending their time and talents to new construction sites in Pleasant Grove and 2 additional home repairs in the City of Birmingham. Tasks for the day ranged from stripping and re-shingling a roof, to installing vinyl siding, to framing. No task was too big or too small for the Army reservists who worked diligently throughout the day, alongside partner families such as Rhonda Smith - future homeowner in Pleasant Grove.

"Thank you for everything that you are doing to help me become a homeowner," said Rhonda. "This opportunity will change the lives of my daughter and me."

Rhonda and her daughter plan to be in their home before the end of October, thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who have helped throughout the build.

Soldiers install shingles on the Smith home
Soldiers install shingles on the Smith home
Over 250 volunteers typically help on each house
Over 250 volunteers typically help on each house

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Jun 24, 2013

Rebuilding Communities following Disaster

Alecia works with vols on her Pleasant Grove home
Alecia works with vols on her Pleasant Grove home

Thanks to the collaboration among dozens of nonprofit and for profit agencies, thousands of volunteer, and many funders, Habitat Birmingham has helped 263 families with their construction needs since the tornadoes. There are three full rebuilds scheduled to begin later this year.

There is still more to be done, even two years after the storm. Habitat Birmingham has been helpin rebuild disaster affected communities through the acquisition of abandoned or vacant lots. We hope to purchase several additional lots in the coming months to help restore the communities of Pleasant Grove and Pratt City, in addition to other affected neighborhoods in the area.

Habitat's goal is to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope. Your support can help us build brighter futures. Please consider making a donation today to help Rebuild Birmingham!

Alecia
Alecia's new home!

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Mar 25, 2013

2 Years Since Tornadoes, Recovery Continues

Volunteers help Habitat fulfill housing ministry
Volunteers help Habitat fulfill housing ministry

We are appoaching the two-year anniversary of the massive outbreak of tornadoes that ripped through the Greater Birmingham community. Since April 27, 2011, Habitat Birmingham has collaborated with agencies and organizations across the region to assist with rebuilding and repairs for those individuals and families who suffered loss in the storms. We are happy to report that we have aided 255 families with their construction needs, helping them along the path to recovery.

Throughout this time, Habitat Birmingham has continued to serve the traditional affordable housing needs of the Greater Birmingham community, through a combination of new construction, home repairs and rehabilitation of foreclosed homes acquired from the community. Through its combined programs, Habitat Birmingham served 268 families in 2012. Volunteers donated 111,000 hours of service helping others achieve their dream of homeownership, have improved living conditions in their own home, or recover from the devastation of April 2011.

Without the financial support of individuals, businesses, foundations and churches we could not have aided these families in the last year. Habitat Birmingham extends a big "thank you" to our supporters for helping provide the necessary funds to help us build... and rebuild... homes, communities and hope in Central Alabama.  

Habitat makes a lifelong impact on its families
Habitat makes a lifelong impact on its families
Partner families work alongside volunteers
Partner families work alongside volunteers
Experiencing the joy of exploring his new home
Experiencing the joy of exploring his new home

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