Volunteers work to build new Habitat home in Petal

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Throughout the week individual volunteers and large groups of volunteers are helping to erect a new Habitat for Humanity home in Petal.

The volunteers are taking part in the Habitat for Humanity 9-11 Day of Service project. The week has been dedicated to remembering the tragic events that took place 12-years ago in New York City when thousands of people died when the Twin Towers were attacked.

When completed the home on McInnis Street will become the third of what will be eventually five Habitat for Humanity homes built in Petal. The home is being built for Cynthia Stevens and her family. Early this year the family lost their apartment during the Hattiesburg tornado.

"Stevens has been in our program since 2010 and has been patiently waiting," said Amie Nunez, Volunteer and Family Services Manager for Habitat for Humanity in Hattiesburg. "Because she lost her apartment and many of her belongings there is a sense of urgency on this house."

Several area organizations are participating in the 9-11 project to include Chi Omega Sorority, Southern Miss Student Veterans, William Carey Greek Life, and the Pine Belt Young Professionals.

Wednesday, students from the Mary Bethune Alternative School in Hattiesburg were at the home working. During the morning they helped by doing carpentry work, painting, and cutting grass.

Nunez says they hope to have the home ready to be moved into by Christmas.

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