The Coffee County Habitat for Humanity once again broke ground on houses for families in need on June 17.
The two new houses will be neighbors on Adkinson Street in Elba and will be the homes for two Elba families.
Catina Washington, a graduate of Elba High School, and her four children Alvin, McKenzie, Ayden and Madalynn, will be the owners of one of the homes, while Tawana Thomas, also an Elba native, and her children Kentana and Kendre will own the other house.
The house being erected for the Thomas family was made possibly by the Morrow Family in Elba. The family donated their home on Claxton Avenue in memory of Paul Morrow and that house was sold with the proceeds from that sale going to the building of the new home for the Thomas family.
“I was just sitting at work one day and decided to put in (an application) for it and I didn’t think I would get but I eventually did,” Thomas said of being approved by Habitat for Humanity. “It just made me feel really good.”
Thomas spends her days taking care of patients at the Dialysis Clinic in Enterprise and said that it made her feel good to receive some help of her own.
“It makes me feel so blessed,” Thomas said. “It goes to show all the hard work I’ve put in, some good has come back to me.”
Washington said that it was hard to describe how excited she and her children were to be approved by Habitat for Humanity for a new home.
“I was super excited, ecstatic,” Washington said. “I got an application in November and by March I knew I had been approved. It was really quick and just makes us feel so good.”