Reporting by WVUA 23 Reporter Erin McNally

This week’s gloomy weather could not keep Tiffany Lawrence’s spirits down, as she and her two daughters will finally move into their new home, built by Habitat for Humanity.

Seventh Street now looks a little more cheerful. Lawrence applied to Habitat for Humanity 18 months ago with hopes that they could help her build a much-needed new home for her and her two daughters. But she was not just handed this. When the single mother wasn’t working full-time at the Mercedes Plant in Vance, she was using her own two hands to get to work.

“Once she was approved by our committee and then by our board, she had to do 250 hours’ worth of work on her own Habitat House and other people’s habitat houses,” Ellen Potts, executive director of Habitat for Humanity, said. “And so she has worked so hard to get to this day.”

The house was built by volunteers who said giving the Lawrence family their time was worth it to be a part of their lives.

“Knowing that I’m standing beside the person that will eventually own the home and being able to build something and say, ‘You know what, I’ve been a part of making a difference in not only one person’s life, but children’s lives as well,’” volunteer Larcia Warthaw said. “Again, it’s all about impacting the future.”

Thanks to the hard workers and volunteers, Lawrence and her daughters can move into their own home.

“We’ve just seen so many, so many people from our community, from people out of state coming to help this family and it’s just really an outpouring of love,” Zac Carden, the project’s site supervisor, said. “And that’s a very motivating, powerful feeling to be around so much positive energy.”

In addition to the construction of the home, various companies, churches and outreach organizations have donated books to the family, stocked their pantry and offered to furnish the home. And for 7-year-old Cordaisa, she has lots of plans for her new room.

“I think I’m going to have like, flowers hanging above the door, that way it’ll be like I’m walking through a jungle of flowers,” she said.

To donate time or money to Habitat for Humanity, visit habitattuscaloosa.org/give.

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