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Habitat builds more than just homes

September 29, 2009

What happens when you invest your own sweat-equity in building a home, for yourself or someone else? Somehow you build a community, something more than just a safe and solid structure to keep out the rain.

Since early September, Debra Williams, mother of three, grandmother of seven and devoted daughter to her own mother, has been investing in the new Habitat-built home she will soon own in Montevallo. Sometime in November, perhaps in time for Thanksgiving, this will become a place she can host the family celebrations she loves.

For the Community Foundation, this home represents the results of two great grants — one for a home in this Shelby County neighborhood and one 10 years ago which supported the creation of the Re-Store. Today that seed grant is proving its worth, because the rest of the support for the Williams home flows from the sale of donated building materials through the Re-Store.

Thanks to the Re-Store on Crestwood Boulevard, anyone who donates or makes purchases there can be part of creating affordable housing in our community. And anyone who supports or volunteers to build a Habitat home makes an even more direct contribution.

Join us at the Community Foundation house that will soon become Debra Williams’ home, one of some 40 completed each year by Habitat For Humanity Greater Birmingham. We are proud to be able to contribute our own time in addition to this grant, and to be a partner with one of the top 10 Habitat organizations in the country. Join us Saturday, Oct. 31, one of the last workdays before completion for another great way to love our community. Contact Habitat at 780-1234 or register on line. See you there!

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