Habitat for Humanity Begins Building a New Home

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

Dozens of wiregrass volunteers donated their time and effort to help one area woman become a homeowner.

Habitat for humanity enlisted the help of some local students to begin building their 6th home of the year.

Volunteers were busy hammering away on Barnard Street in Dothan on Saturday.

They're building Cynthia Stanley a new home.

“It's great, truly a blessing,” said Stanley.

Habitat for Humanity called on the young people of the wiregrass to lend a helping hand.

“They have all come together fundraised $45,000 to build this home,” said Sabrina Kirkland, a resource development coordinator with Habitat for Humanity.

Students from several area schools got up bright and early, grabbed up a tool, and got to work.

“I am here because when I heard about the project I was just so ecstatic about it. I was like I want to do something for someone else that will help them and I’m just so happy! It was just so much fun!” said Courtney Clark, a junior at Northview High School.

Organizers with Habitat say wiregrass residents have an obligation to help those in need.

“There will always be a need in the area so it is our responsibility as a community to come together to make sure that our residents in our area are taken care of and living in safe healthy conditions,” added Kirkland.

One student says she can relate to what Stanley is going through.

“I know what it feels like not to have a home. we weren't always able to purchase one and finally we got the money and just I remember the first day we walked into my house and it actually belonged to me I was extremely happy so I know how she's going to feel,” said Shantanique Smith, a junior at Northview High School.

They say Stanley deserves this home.

“She's just a really good Christian lady, she's really funny, she's really smart and she's just someone you'd want to do stuff for” added Smith.

As for Stanley, she couldn't be happier.

“Well it look like a home haha, it looks great,” said Stanley.

People looking to apply for a Habitat home first need meet certain requirements to be eligible.

First applicants need to live in sub-standard housing.

Those interested must make a $1,000 down payment on the home and agree to mortgage payments between $150 and $250 a month with no interest.

The potential homeowner also must earn at least $8,700 dollars a year.

The home on Barnard Street is scheduled to be ready for Stanley to move in in March.

Organizers with Habitat for Humanity say they plan to build eight new homes in the wiregrass area in 2010.

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