Moneka Evans walked in lock-step with her 3rd-grade daughter, Megan, through her brand new, unfurnished living room last Friday. She didn’t say a word, but she smiled, and the look on her face spoke volumes: she was overjoyed. They were finally home.
Earlier that morning, a team of BL Harbert volunteers were busy making their final touches on the house: laying sod, finalizing landscaping, and pressure washing the driveway. Their efforts, the final steps in an 8-weeks journey to make the Evans family dream of homeownership a reality.
It all began in September when BLHI joined forces with the Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity. For the two months that followed, Harbert volunteers put in countless man-hours building the Evans family home. From setting the structural beams, to running sub-fascia, and installing insulation board and house wrap, to spackling and painting. Week after week, we were all hands-on deck spreading Harbert Hope doing everything we could to finish the job well.
And on that crisp November afternoon, all of those weeks of hard work came to an end. All that was left to do was hand over the keys.
In a ceremony, that included volunteers from BLHI and Habitat, it became official: Moneka and Megan were homeowners. And for the first time in their lives, they will be in their own home for the holidays this year.