Future homeowner Altise, a mother of four, works alongside volunteers with Habitat For Humanity to build her new house in Rome, Ga.
For many fortunate families, the home is at the heart of the Thanksgiving holiday. But for Altise and her four children living in of Rome, Georgia, their current home is a constant source of anxiety and fear. Floors are buckling, the roof is leaking and boards blocking the windows are meager means for security. Their home is far from the refuge this deserving family desperately needs.
Fortunately, a new house is being built for Altise and her family by Habitat for Humanity - Coosa Valley and its many dedicated volunteers – including seven helpers from Georgia-Pacific’s Rome lumber mill.
When Dan McCollum, a shipping supervisor at the mill and Sara Rodriguez, a process engineer, saw that Habitat was looking for volunteers in their area, they knew it would be a great way to give back to the local community as a team. Little did they know how much their efforts would significantly change a local family’s life.
One of Altise’s daughters has cerebral palsy due to a brain injury. Currently, she and another sibling sleep with Altise in their living room because the electricity does not work in one of their two bedrooms. Their new Habitat home, situated 10 miles from the mill, will have a sturdy ramp for her wheel-chair bound daughter. The doors and hallways will be wide enough to access her bedroom, bathroom and common spaces.
The house is slated for completion in February 2017, and as a soon-to-be homeowner, Altise feels good about putting in 250-300 hours of her own sweat-equity into the build. She’s excited to “see the puzzle go together.”
Over several days, the Georgia-Pacific team worked diligently on the home’s sub-flooring and installed insulation in the attic. They were especially proud to see the GP name on some of the products used at the build, including the lumber trusses in the attic that were made at their own mill.
Now that the team has one Habitat build under their collective utility belts, they’re looking forward to volunteering again. We are thankful for the team’s giving spirit – not just for building a home, but for building hope for Altise and her children.
In addition to Dan and Sara, GP would like to thank the Rome Lumber Mill volunteers who participated in the build, including: Carlos Padilla, senior mill utility; Jeremy Doeg, reliability engineer; Brad Kohl, quality control; Tommy Sanford, area manager; and Connor Livingston, accountant.