Community helps build Habitat home

Published 7:39 am Monday, March 10, 2008

By Staff
Larry and Jennifer Woods and their family celebrated a special homecoming Saturday - and on hand for the joyful occasion were dozens and dozens of volunteers who helped build their new house in just under a week.
The Woods family moved into their beautiful new home Saturday afternoon - a three-bedroom house where just a week ago was only a slab. Habitat for Humanity volunteers - many from local businesses and schools but some from as far away as Pennsylvania - donated their time, energy and talent this past week to put up the walls, install the wiring and plumbing, paint and put up cabinets.
The Woods family put much of their own “sweat equity,” as Habitat calls it, into the house, and they will buy it from Habitat under a non-profit mortgage. That money will help build more Habitat houses.
But those funds are far from the only thing that continues to fuel Habitat projects in Brewton. A fire has been lit by the dozens of volunteers who are truly excited about helping others. Earlier this week Habitat director Alecia Glaize said she was pleased not only by the ambitious nature of this Habitat build - it's the first time mostly local volunteers have built one house in one week - but by the fact that many new volunteers came out to help with the project.
And those volunteers came from all walks of life - retirees, students, employees of local businesses. Time and again the Brewton community shows that its heart is huge when it comes to projects like Habitat. We are pleased to be a part of a community that does so much to help each other.

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