Couple gets new Habitat home in Brewton
Published 4:32 pm Tuesday, August 12, 2014
For a while now, the gray house on Underwood Street has been vacant – waiting for its new forever family.
Last week, that wish was fulfilled for Thomas and Ranita Coon as they couple became the latest Escambia County Habitat for Humanity homeowners.
As a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry, HFH builds new homes with people in need regardless of race or religion. The houses are simple, decent and affordable to low-income families around the world. In Escambia County, some 13 homes have been constructed.
Board President Alecia Glaize said the Underwood home had been vacant for some time.
“The Coon family is an active member of the New Beginnings Church,” Glaize said. “Thomas and Ranita are thrilled to have their new home where they have enough space for family gatherings.
“With the help of volunteers from the New Beginnings Ministry, Habitat for Humanity was able to remodel and improve a vacant Habitat house,” she said. “Volunteers repaired the roof, painted the interior, replaced flooring with hardwood and tile, and also landscaped the property. We are honored to provide this family with a better home and a better life.”
For more than three weeks, crews braved hot temperatures and rain to complete the project.
“We have to give a special ‘thank you’ to Pastor Bo Bell and all of the volunteers from New Beginnings,” Glaize said. “Thanks to all of their hard work and the generous donation of the their time, we were able to help a family in need and provide them with better housing.”
For details about requirements or the application process, potential homeowners should attend any orientation session or contact the Habitat for Humanity office at 867-0095 in Brewton.