Habitat groundbreaking in elba

Coffee County Habitat for Humanity board chairperson Charlene Goolsby is shown addressing the crowd prior to the groundbreaking of the first of two new homes to be built in Elba. Tawana L. Thomas and her children will be the recipients of the home at 538 Adkinson Street while Catina Washington and her children will soon have a home at 529  Adkinson Street in Elba thanks to Coffee County Habitat for Humanity.

Coffee County Habitat for Community broke ground Wednesday evening, June 17, on not one but two new sites for homes to be constructed in Elba – giving two families a dream come true for homeownership. At 6 p.m. last Wednesday, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at 538 Adkinson Street, Elba, for a Habitat home to be built for Tawana L. Thomas and her children Kentana and Kendre. The construction of this home is being done in loving memory of Mr. Paul Morrow. Paul and his siblings donated the family home located at 786 Claxton Avenue, Elba, to Coffee County Habitat for Humanity, and that home was sold with proceeds to benefit a Habitat family. Last Wednesday, it was announced the Thomas family would be that recipient. Paul Morrow was a longtime support of Habitat for Humanity and served on the Coffee County board for seven years. “His good works and many friendships will last forever in this home,” Coffee County Habitat for Humanity board chairperson Charlene Goolsby said. Some 15 minutes after the Thomas home groundbreaking, the ceremony moved to 529 Adkinson Street where a second groundbreaking for a Habitat home was conducted. For this soon-to-be-constructed home, it was announced that Catina Washington and her children – Alvin, McKenzie, Ayden, and Madalynn – would be the recipients. As with any Habitat for Humanity home constructed, both families of these two new homes in Elba will be required to put in a certain number of hours of labor along with volunteers in building the homes. Habitat says it gives the new homeowners an even larger sense of ownership for their forever home. Habitat’s homebuyers invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners, in addition to paying an affordable mortgage and receiving financial education. Habitat for Humanity follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing Habitat’s homeowners. Goolsby said Habitat International has not given approval for volunteers to be on work sites yet due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, she said a date is still pending on when volunteers can get to work on these two homes in Elba, but she said Habitat is trying to have the foundations completed to be ready for volunteers when they are given the go-ahead to start work.

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