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.
Since the tornadoes tore through Central Alabama on April 27, 2011, Habitat Birmingham has worked diligently to assist individuals and families whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the storms. We are proud to report that through our collaboration with various agencies we have helped 222 families with their homes. This would not have been possible without the contributions by thousands of invididuals - both financial and volunteer support!
Over the past 18 months, over 7000 individuals have contributed volunteer support with a cummulative value of more than $800,000! That's one of the ways we have been able to help as many households as we have. Financial contributions are leveraged with volunteer service, in-kind donations of materials when available, and collaborations with other agencies to maximize our impact in our community.Thank you for your past support in rebuilding Alabama. We are committed to continue with our efforts into the New Year, as there is still much to be done. If you would like to help us help others, your contribution is certainly appreciated!
It has been almost 18 months since the tornadoes wreaked havoc in Alabama. Through the generosity of sponsors, volunteers and community partners, the recovery is going well in Central Alabama.
In partnership with the Central Alabama Long Term Recovery Committee, Habitat Birmingham has helped 179 families with full rebuilds or repairs to damaged homes.
Arthur Jemison's home started this past week. A Vietnam veteran and retired heavy machines with U.S. Steel, Mr. Jemison was raised in Pratt City. He grew up in Birmingham and raised his family there after serving in the war. When the tornadoes came through, he was actually visiting his daughter and grandson. After listening to the forecast path of the storm on television as it left Tuscaloosa heading east toward Birmingham, Arthur realized his home was going to take a direct hit. Wanting to make sure they were safe, he stayed with his daughter and grandson as the tornado roared past . He then jumped in his vehicle and headed to Pratt City to check on his home and offer assistance to his neighbors in the wreckage.
Mr. Jemison will be back in his home in time to invite his family over to his home for the holidays.
There is still much to do in response to the disaster in Birmingham. New families and individuals apply for assistance each week. Through the generous support of people across the country - through financial contributions and donation of thier volunteer service - we hope to continue helping Central Alabama recover, rebuilding homes and lives.
This week, summer officially starts - a new season begins. Time marches on.
It's hard to believe how much time has passed since the devastating tornadoes roared through our community - almost fifteen months since April 27, 2011.
Over the past fifteen months, we have had the opportunity to assist 105 families with their post disaster construction needs. Over 4,000 volunteers and hundreds of donors and supporters have helped those families on the road to recovery.
Many of those repairs and rebuilds have been in partnership with other organizations, as the community as a whole has rallied to help individuals and families in need, like Ms. Patterson, whose before and after photos are featured in this update. Ms. Patterson was a Pratt City native, whose home was destroyed on April 27, 2011. We were happy to help Ms. Patterson have a new place to call her own earlier this year.
Each month, more people are applying for help as they realize they continue to have needs unmet by other sources. There is still much to be done to help people impacted by the storms. Your donation will support our recovery efforts in the Greater Birmingham area - like Ms. Patterson.
The one-year anniversary of the devastating tornadoes that ripped across Alabama on April 27 is coming up quickly. So much has been done... but there is still so much left undone. Habitat Birmingham continues to play a key role in recovery in the region.
In the first quarter since we launched this campaign in December, Habitat Birmingham has coordinated and completed repairs on 41 homes for individuals and families who sustained damage on April 27. The repairs range from replacing vinyl siding, fixing broken windows, removing mold from prolonged exposure to the elements and replacing roofs. Habitat Birmingham is partnering with the Central Alabama Long-Term Recovery Committee, local funders, and various disaster recovery volunteer groups to help the community.
Habitat Birmingham has committed over $150,000 to support these repairs in the last quarter - much of it from grants secured to assist with recovery. Much of the local funds for disaster recovery is depleted.
Won't you consider making a donation to support the recovery in the Birmingham region? Do it in honor, or in memory, of those who suffered loss on April 27.
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