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.
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