April 19, 2013

Habitat improves lives, community

The Daily Citizen

— Fifty houses. Fifty homes for families who did not have them.

The Habitat for Humanity Dalton-Whitfield County Chapter reaches a significant milestone this month when volunteers and the future homeowners start construction on the group’s 50th house.

That marks an achievement not just for Habitat but for the Whitfield County community. Habitat is a nonprofit organization funded partly by donations of time, money and materials. Local contractors, students, current and potential Habitat homeowners and ordinary people help build the homes. Building supply companies donate materials for the houses as well as surplus materials that are sold to raise money in Habitat’s store. And local residents and companies donate money to help the group buy additional materials for the houses.

The city of Dalton has also done its part by helping to secure funds to run sewer and other utilities to the neighborhood around Ezzard Avenue, where Habitat has built many houses.

Habitat officials are already eying construction of their 51st house. We hope they will build many more, and we hope the community will continue to support their efforts as strongly as it has in the past.