White Sulphur Springs - Volunteers with Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity were hard at work Saturday morning assembling wall frames for a
"We got a lot of people very busy in there, so I want to give a lot credit to them as well," said volunteer Scotty Brown, who was busy at the table saw all morning. "We're all working really hard, and hopefully we'll do a lot of good today."
Brown and almost fifty others were building the home for Rachael Chapman, who partnered with the organization. The single mother said times are tough and the help is coming at the perfect time.
"It's still overwhelming, but at the same time, it's still a shock that it's going to happen in eighteen months to a year," she told WOAY.
Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity held the event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s upcoming birthday. The organization works to eradicate poverty housing in parts of West Virginia and relies heavily on volunteer work.
"It's important for peoples' souls," said volunteer coordinator Elisabeth McGuirk. "It makes them feel really good, it gives them a purpose that's bigger than themselves. "I also think it's really important for the community for people to come together to make their community better."
Brown agreed. He said he helps because he can.
"In our society, if you have blessings and you have the opportunity to share, you almost have the obligation," Brown told WOAY. "There's a lot of people in our country now going through hard times, and so if you can come out and share what you've been blessed with with them, I think it's definitely a great opportunity."
New homeowner Chapman is happy to have the help.
"It's finding a sense of stability and having people who are on your side to help you be stronger and help you be able to build a stronger life," she said as she held her daughter.
Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity works with donated materials and funds. The cost of contracted labor is repaid by the family through low monthly installments.
"We like to say that we're helping them build their home," McGuirk said. "They're not helping us, we're helping them build their home."More information can be found online at AlmostHeavenHabitat.org.