Habitat for Humanity, roofing manufacturer team up for 5-day build

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter Elise Anzaldua

Habitat for Humanity Tuscaloosa is working with a national roofing manufacturer this week on a Blitz Build, meaning the lot is going from a slab to a complete house in five days.

GAF employees and Habitat workers started construction Monday morning, and if the weather cooperates, they’ll be finished Friday afternoon. Volunteers and workers will work into the night on the finishing touches, but by Saturday the home’s recipients will have a brand new home.

Habitat for Humanity Tuscaloosa Executive Director Ellen Potts said the team has been working hard getting walls up and a roof in place.

“We started (Monday) at this home at 7 a.m. with a slab, and as you see they have gotten a lot accomplished in a day and a half,” Potts said.

The home is being built for a woman and her granddaughter who have experienced housing difficulties in the past.

GAF Tuscaloosa Plant Manager Katrina Baker said getting to work on projects like this makes GAF employees proud of their contributions.

“I really identify with that grandmother trying to raise her granddaughter and be a positive influence for her life,” Baker said. “To be a part of giving them a stable home is phenomenal.”

GAF has a manufacturing plant in Tuscaloosa, and the company donated all of the roofing materials, including installation labor. In addition, GAF CEO Jim Schnepper came to Tuscaloosa to work on the project.

As a company, GAF has supported Habitat for Humanity for nearly a decade and sponsored many builds around the nation. GAF Tuscaloosa has been involved with Habitat for Humanity Tuscaloosa since 2015.

The team will have a builders blessing Friday afternoon as a conclusion of the Blitz Build.

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