Habitat for Humanity Builds Hope for Families

By: Demetria McClenton Email
By: Demetria McClenton Email

The Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity is making dreams come true by building new homes for deserving families.

In this tight economy, the group is finding more people are homeless and living in sub-standard housing.

"The home owner was overwhelmed, just crying and she could barely express how she felt. It was so amazing," said Sabrina Kirkland, Development Coordinator.

Friday, the Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity presented a deserving family the keys to their brand new home.

“Just tears streaming down the little girls faces. They were so excited to have their own room."

This year the group has seen more than 400 families apply for a home, but the program can only accommodate 10 families at a time.

“We have 4 families who have been in our program for 4 years.”

In order to be eligible, each family must satisfy 3 requirements: needs, income, and willingness to put in 500 sweat equity hours.

Those hours can be achieved by doing community service and homebuyer workshops.

“The first ones to do so will be put on the list to be first through 10. Then we have to fundraise for them as well. It takes 4-5 months to build a home.”

Once constructed Kirkland says each home is equipped with two main things.

“We give them a bible so they can start their new life in their home on a good solid ground. We present them a hammer because of all the hard work.

"To be able to help another family in need is especially close to my heart."

Wiregrass Habitat is always looking for volunteers.

In the next few weeks they'll be raising the walls on their next project.

For more information visit their website at www.wiregrasshabitat.org.

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