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Jan 19

Delta Sigma Theta and Habitat for Humanity hold Groundbreaking

From L-R -- Time Evans, Dr. Ferguson, Gabrielle Simms and Mrs. Ogletree

By Greg Fink

Nearly 70 local residents attended the first local groundbreaking of 2012 as Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Pensacola’s Habitat for Humanity broke ground for the family of Gabrielle Sims.

No stranger in the aiding of building homes for those who could not otherwise afford them, Tim Evans, the executive director of Pensacola Habitat for Humanity, explains there will probably be close to 200 home built in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties this year. “Last year was our greatest year with building over 100 homes and yes, 2012 looks like it will be a year that will easily surpass that number.”

The Delta Alpha Sigma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. President, Dr. Fernaundra Ferguson, could not express enough happiness about the progression as well as the recognizing all of the volunteer hours involved in building with Habitat for Humanity.

“Delta Sigma Theta was the first national African-American organization to collaborate with Habitat for Humanity International starting in 1992. Between 1992 and 1994 Delta Sigma Theta and Habitat for Humanity built 22 homes throughout the United States. The Pensacola Alumnae Chapter has had an active relationship with Pensacola Habitat for Humanity for more than 10 years,” Ferguson emphasizes.

Talking about the number of volunteer hours Ferguson continues, “It is only fitting that Delta Sigma Theta Sorority partner with the Pensacola Habitat for Humanity for our centennial service project. We have pledged to complete 1,913 volunteer hours to Pensacola’s Habitat by 2013 and to sponsor this family as they move toward home ownership.

About Pensacola Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical, Christian ministry whose purpose is to build homes and improve communities in partnership with low and very low income families in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.

Pensacola Habitat for Humanity is not a give-away program. Through the use of donations, kind gifts and volunteer labor Habitat builds simple decent homes and sells the homes at a small fraction of cost with a no-interest mortgage to deserving families.

Habitat houses are built in collaboration with partner families who contribute 200 hours of their own labor known as “sweat equity.” By contributing sweat equity hours, homeowners are vested in their home and neighborhood as they enjoy the tangible results of teamwork.

For more information about this organization please visit www.PensacolaHabitat.org or visit http://pensacoladsts.org.

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