Habitat build to start soon

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The foundation work will begin in the coming days on the College Street Habitat for Humanity build in Andalusia.

Chapter director Dale Pancake said Monday that 2013 will be a big year for the local chapter.

“At least two families will get a new Habitat home, and we’ll begin the process of selecting more families for upcoming builds,” Pancake said.

“Everything is finally moving forward,” he said. “We’d had a few hiccups this year, but things are on track.”

Pancake said ownership of the Florala Habitat house is changing. A family situation prevented Sherrie Stewart from closing on the home, but Pancake said a new family – Steven and Laura Harrell and their sons – are nearly finished with the necessary requirements for the home.

Pancake said the foundation for the Andalusia home will be poured “later this week or the first part of next week.”

“Then, we’ll schedule a building blitz for about two weeks after that,” he said. “So, we’re looking at the mid-part of January. We should be building soon and finished by March.”

But don’t think that’s all that Habitat is doing in the upcoming year, he said.

“Looking ahead, we have another very good family coming up, and we hope to get started with them in the spring,” Pancake said. “We’ve got a lot going on, and we need financial support and volunteers.”

Then, the hunt will be on to find new partner families for future builds. Pancake said the information would be sent out through the area schools, “so keep watching,” he said.

Those wishing to contribute may send donations to: Habitat for Humanity of Covington County, P.O. Box 1034, Andalusia, AL 36420.

“We’re excited to get going again,” Pancake said. “It’s going to be a good year.”