Habitat to break ground Wednesday

Published 1:04 am Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Covington County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity will officially kick-off its third build Wedn-esday.

Hab-itat’s Dale Pancake said workers have been busy cleaning the Cypress Street lot in Florala to make ready for the new home of Sherrie Stewart and her two teenaged sons.

“On Monday, workers will be coming with equipment to level the lot,” Pancake said. “We have it roughed in where the house is going to go, and we hope we can start the foundation shortly thereafter and be building in a couple of weeks.”

Pancake said donations – both monetarily and in the form of materials – and volunteers are needed.

“There are several needs in the Florala area,” he said. “When we start construction, we’d be pleased to have donations of building materials or such, plus volunteers.”

He said John Croft, with the church relations committee, is trying to line up transportation to and from the site and help with lunches for volunteers and onsite registration. To help with those efforts, contact Croft at 334- 222-3523.

Pancake said a time for Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony will be announced at the beginning of the week.

“This them this year is, ‘What will you build?’ We’re building a house for people. Would you like to be a part of it?” he said. “Habitat will mark a major milestone Monday – its 500,000th house in Kenya, while beginning construction on its 500,001st house in Paterson, N.J.

“We’re just following along those same lines,” he said of the Florala build. “As we approach the start of construction on our first house in the Florala area, we are proud to be a part of the Habitat for Humanity family and proud to have been able to be a part of this exciting milestone.”

Covington County Habitat for Humanity is among the more than 2,300 Habitat affiliates worldwide that have made this milestone possible. The local chapter has built two homes – one in Opp and one in Andalusia – since its founding in 2008.