The Bogar family -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

The Bogar family


Habitat homeowner partner Valarie Bogar says she appreciates the things she has learned on the build site and in the home maintenance and financial literacy classes Habitat provides.

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‘Looking for a whole new change’

When construction begins on Valarie Bogar’s new house in Habitat’s Wylam Oaks neighborhood, she will recognize some of the volunteers working with her. Bogar has worked at a Birmingham-area Walmart for 23 years, and many of her fellow employees will help build her home.

“I’m excited,” she said. “It will be a great experience.”

Bogar has already experienced what it takes to work on a Habitat site.

“I’ve learned lots of different things,” she said. “How to use a staple gun, and put in roof decking felt. I used a ladder to do that. And that’s something I don’t do!”

She is putting in the effort to provide a home for her daughter, DaLisa, and DaLisa’s 1-year-old son, Jamarion. DaLisa is attending Lawson State Community College and studying to be a nurse.

“I’m proud of her,” Bogar said. “She’s doing good. I just hope she keeps on and keeps doing well.”

Bogar said their new house will help. She said she appreciates the home maintenance and financial literacy classes Habitat has provided, too.

“Things aren’t going to be like they used to be,” she said. “I’m looking for a whole new change.”