According to Beth Cheeks of the Talladega Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, most of the local volunteers were affiliated with the local chapter, Mt. Olive Baptist Church and the city of Talladega. “Mt. Olive pastor Rev. Welch gave the invocation this morning, and then put on an overshirt and starting working,” she said.
Almost all of the eight houses got fresh coats of paint, and others saw repairs to porches, steps and ramps that had begun to fall apart or had rotted. According to Wendy Westerhouse of Shocco Springs, volunteers from Shocco would be back in a couple of weeks to finish up any work that remained after Thursday afternoon.
All of the supplies were sold by Marvin’s and Talladega Home Center at a 10-percent discount.
Cheeks pointed out that the neighborhood is also going to be benefiting from a new bridge that will be built largely with state grant money.
There are no firm dates on the bridge project yet, but it could not come a moment too soon. She explained that the old bridge was not strong enough to have a dumpster carried across it, so disposal of waste from the work sites will be a problem.
Even the empty truck that would normally carry the dumpster was too heavy for the bridge in question.
During the work day Thursday, applications were also handed out, both for new volunteers and for families who might qualify for housing under the Habitat for Humanity program.
Anyone interested in obtaining an application can visit www.talladega.com and click on other items, talk to any local member or write to PO Box 35, Talladega, Alabama, 35161.
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