Survivors of Lee County storms get place to call home

Updated: May. 9, 2019 at 4:21 PM CDT
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LEE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Just a little over two months after the devastating storms that killed 23 Lee County residents and left many people without homes, organizations in the area are helping to give back a sense of normalcy.

Three homes have been built in one week. It’s been an all hands on deck effort as multiple organizations came together to give storm victims a place to call home.

What seems like an almost impossible task was made possible by a partnership between the East Alabama Medical Center’s Cornerstone Foundation and the Chattahoochee Fuller Center. Last Saturday the organizations brought together local volunteers and athletes from Auburn University and the University of Alabama to construct the walls of the homes. A project manager was assigned to each site, and the work continued on.

“What a wonderful partnership we have with the EAMC Cornerstone Foundation. It’s just a blessing because as we begin to rebuild these homes, these families will now begin to rebuild their lives and that’s what we are all about. It’s not about the home, it’s about the family that goes in this home,” said Chattahoochee Fuller Center Executive Director, Kim Roberts.

One homeowner says that it’s been a long road but he’s just glad to have a place to call home.

“I just can’t express my gratitude for so much help that came from all over the United States. It’s amazing that I could come to find out that there’s much more love in the world than hate,” said Napoleon Darby.

According to Chattahoochee Fuller Center officials, two homes will be built during a week in July, and ten homes will be built during a week in September.

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