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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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