HABITAT FOR HUMANITY DEDICATES 129TH HOME TO FEMALE VETERAN
Story by WVUA 23’s Lacey Beasley
Habitat for Humanity Tuscaloosa broke ground on Monday on another home for a local female veteran.
Gloria Burns was honorably discharged from the army as a teenager. She is a breast cancer survivor and raises her two granddaughters, Winter and Zoe.
Her new home will be “blitz built” during Veterans Day week, Nov. 11 through Nov. 16.
The home will be built in conjunction with the Association of the U.S. Army, West/Central Alabama Chapter, the Hillcrest High School Army Junior ROTC program, Alabama Marines Foundation, McAbee Construction, Randall – Reilly, the University of Alabama Habitat Campus Chapter, University of Alabama Law Students, and many local businesses and individuals.
Ellen Potts, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Tuscaloosa, said she is impressed by so many young people coming to help.
“We are so blessed in this community to have young people who really care, they wanna give back, they’re invested in their community, and they show that by donating their time to work on a habitat job site,” Potts said.
One junior ROTC member at Hillcrest High School said she is honored to help a veteran since they give so much to our country.
“To be able to give back to somebody who has served, it’s like, giving back to somebody who’s given the ultimate sacrifice for this country,” Jacquelyn Samuel said.
When asked how much Burns appreciated the builders, tears came to her eyes. She repeatedly said how blessed and thankful she it.
“I dreamed of this for many, many years, and now. God has answered my prayers, and I’m thankful for what they’ve done for me and my family, everyone,” Burns said.
She wants a clean house and a safe neighborhood for her grandchildren. That is her dream come true.
If you would like to donate, visit habitattuscaloosa.com/give.