Habitat expanding into Atmore
Published 6:31 pm Tuesday, September 9, 2008
By By Kerry Whipple Bean
Greater Brewton Habitat for Humanity may be headed for a name change.
The organization, which helps build homes for low-income families with a combination of sweat equity and low-interest loans, is expanding to include all of Escambia County.
Glaize said that the local chapter received approval from the Habitat parent organization last week to expand its service area. Under the new charter, Habitat will be able to help residents in Flomaton, Atmore and other areas of the county, and accept donations of land from those areas as well.
Habitat has always had support from volunteers and subcontractors in other areas of the county, Glaize said. Rusty Miller, a building coordinator on several projects, lives in Canoe just outside Atmore.
The decision to expand was made after "lots of prayer," said Glaize. "It enables us to take our experience and share it with other parts of the county," she said.
The Greater Brewton Habitat chapter has become busier in recent years, building more homes and taking on unique projects as well as volunteering across the country.
Glaize was asked last week to participate in a national Habitat conference, where she will represent small affiliates of the organization during a panel discussion.
The Brewton Habitat chapter will celebrate its expansion, as well as the completion of its 15th house, with a banquet Oct. 6, Glaize said. The date coincides with World Habitat Day, and the banquet will be held at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church's fellowship hall.
The dinner is open to anyone and will cost $10 per person. Anyone interested in attending can call the Habitat office at 251-867-0095.
Publisher Adam Prestridge contributed to this article.