Almost home sweet Habitat home

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Nash Gillespie stands in the spot that will become his room inside the Florala Habitat for Humanity home.

As the sound of hammers filled the fall air Saturday, Nash Gillespie was grinning from ear to ear as he stood inside the spot that will become his new bedroom.

It was day two of the Habitat for Humanity building blitz in Florala, and volunteers were busy in all areas of the work site – members of the Anda-lusia High School Peer Helpers group, Student Government Association and Key Club were quickly working to reclaim used wood; skilled laborers were steadily making progress on drying in the home; and Habitat board members were busy ensuring the whole process worked smoothly.

“This, this right here – it’s the biggest closet in the house, and it’s mine,” Gillespie said. “I can’t wait. It’s really happening. It’s unbelievable.”

“Unbelievable” was how his mother, Sherrie Stewart, described the building blitz.

“Just yesterday this was a concrete slab. Today, there’s walls and nearly a roof,” Stewart said. “It’s great.”

The Stewart home is the first Habitat home to be built in Florala and the third in the county.

Volunteers returned to the property Sunday afternoon and were able to lock the door behind them.

“There’s windows and a doors in, and even a layer of protective felt wrapping around the home,” said John Croft, volunteer coordinator. “It’s ready for us to come back over the weekend and get to work again.”

On Friday, members of the LBW Community College baseball team helped raise the home’s walls and trusses.

The build will resume this Friday and Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. Those wishing to volunteer must be 16 or older, and are asked to “just show up,” but anyone younger than 18 must have a release signed by a parent or legal guardian.