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Habitat aims to build soon

The Escambia County chapter of Habitat for Humanity is two steps closer to choosing its next partner family.
Executive director Lisa Tindell said Monday the organization, which is dedicated to providing quality, affordable housing to needy families, recently held family orientation meetings in Brewton and Atmore.
“Next, we hope to have another orientation in Flomaton,” Tindell said. “Once the orientation series is complete, the site selection committee will look at applicants and narrow down the pool for the areas where sites are ready to build on.
“With all of that in mind, we hope to begin construction on our next Habitat home by the end of the year,” she said.
To fund those builds, Tindell said the organization is hosting a shoe drive through Sept. 25, which allows residents to donate unwanted pairs of shoes. Those shoes are then sold to a company, who provides them to those in under-privileged countries. Shoes are being accepted at the Brewton Restore and Alabama Power location and at Atmore City Hall and Atmore YMCA.
“It costs anywhere between $60,000 and $65,000 to build a Habitat house, depending on the amount of donated materials,” she said. “That’s why our fundraisers are so important.
“Also, many may not realize it, but the proceeds of items sold through out Habitat Restore in Brewton are also used to fund our builds,” she said. “That’s a huge thing for us. Every item we sell through there brings in money to build a new home.”
Beginning today, the Restore is hosting a customer appreciation event and discounted sales.
“Know that when you shop at the Restore, you are helping a family in need,” Tindell said.