Habitat for Humanity Volunteers Honor Mom On Mother's Day By Building Houses
AMERICUS, Ga., April 25, 2003 -- Many Americans will celebrate this Mother's Day with cards, candy or flowers. For some mothers, May 11 will be a day of raising the roof. Families and neighbors will show their appreciation by helping mothers build their new Habitat for Humanity houses.
Sheryl Ann Smith is a working mother of three children who will help build her own Habitat house in South Carolina. The house will be built in one week and Mother's Day will be Sheryl's first day as a new homeowner.
"I am truly blessed to be a part of this mission," said Sheryl. "My children are overwhelmed with excitement and can’t wait to work on their own house, and my daughter can't wait to have her own room where she can have friends over."
Below are Mother's Day build highlights from around the country. Check with your local affiliate (http://www.habitat.org/local/ ) to see what's happening in your area.
Bloomington, Ind.--Monroe County Habitat for Humanity will build a house in partnership with Luz Maria Lopez in one week beginning on May 10. Luz Maria is a cafeteria cashier who uses nearly half of her income on rent for her current apartment. Luz Maria moved to Bloomington more than a year ago from Mexico City in search of a better life for her family. She has recently been reunited with her son, who stayed behind in Mexico until Luz Maria could save enough money to bring him to America.
Johns Island, S.C.-- Sea Island Habitat for Humanity is hosting a "Mothers' Day Blitz Build," May 2-10. South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford will join volunteers and Sheryl Ann Smith, a working mother of three children, to build a Habitat home in one week. Sheryl, who is described as being articulate, friendly and loved by everyone, works at a local resort in order to support her family.
Slidell, La.--On Mother's Day, East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity will break ground on a new Habitat house in partnership with Arlanda Miller. Arlanda has a rare eye condition that has left her blind and needing medical treatment on a regular basis. Arlanda and her two children are grateful for their new Habitat house.
Baltimore--Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity is kicking off its Mother's Day build on May 10 with Judge Catherine Curran O'Malley, wife of Baltimore's mayor.
Vineyard Haven, Mass.--Habitat for Humanity of Martha's Vineyard will honor mothers on May 11 with their second annual "Mother's Day Walk." One hundred people are expected to walk from Vineyard Haven to Edgartown to raise money that will be used to build simple, decent houses in partnership with families in need.
Birmingham, Ala.--Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity will begin building a house in partnership with Lanette Ford and her two children on May 10. Lanette works for a local hospital and lives in a high-crime neighborhood. When the Ford family moves into their new Habitat house, they will be able to leave behind danger, rotted floors and broken windows.
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 87 nations have built and sold more than 125,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. http://www.habitat.org/ .