Habitat for Humanity Set to Begin Building Home for Mobile Veteran This Week

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Air Force veteran Keith McCall has lived long enough to know that life’s richest rewards come to those who wait.

“I never had too much of anything,” he said. “I always wanted to have something.”

That something is about to get big in the form of the American dream: a home of its own.

“Excitedly out of me,” McCall said. “My son and I were blown away by the opportunity to be able to have this privilege.”

For a long time, McCall’s home ownership goal was in question after a medical condition left him disabled and unable to earn the money to buy a house.

Habitat for Humanity has made it possible once again as McCall strives to give his son the best possible life.

“I have a 13-year-old boy and I’m looking to raise him as best I can,” McCall said.

Habitat for Humanity tries to do about eight of these home builds and 25 to 30 home repairs each year. This is their interreligious construct where different religious groups work together to make this possible. McCall was selected after an application process.

“We’re a helping hand, not a handout,” said Courtney Rouse-Heinz, executive director of Habitat for Humanity in our region. “Mr Mccall will have a mortgage that he will pay for the next 30 years, but what we can do is make it a little more affordable.

Construction of the house is expected to begin on Saturday and be completed towards the end of the year.

With building material prices skyrocketing, Habitat for Humanity says it will cost at least $45,000 more to bring those plans to fruition. Despite the cost, Rouse-Heinz says it’s worth it.

“The significance of this is that we are able to help a family in our community have safe and affordable housing and have a safe place for their son to grow up,” she said.

Even though McCall’s new home is still months away from completion, he’s ready to rock the place he’ll soon call home.

“Sitting on my porch, I have a rocking chair and I’m going to rock and watch the cars go by Dauphin Island Parkway,” McCall said.

If you are interested in volunteering on this project or others, click here: https://www.habitatswalabama.org/?utm_campaign=HFHI_AffiliateSearch&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=habitat.org

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