Hattiesburg Area Habitat and Fox 23 ~ Companies that Care

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Hattiesburg, MS – Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity is pleased to begin our second Companies that Care Home Rehab project. “Companies that Care” is a program of FOX 23 TV and Hattiesburg Habitat. This program offers necessary home improvements to low-income homeowners. FOX 23 TV partners with local businesses who believe in giving back to the community. Habitat accepts applications from families who need critical home repairs and shares the family stories of those who qualify with FOX 23 TV. FOX 23 TV airs the family's stories and asks for viewers to vote for the family who will receive the repair. Volunteer teams work to complete the home repairs at minimal cost to homeowners who would be unable to complete these repairs on their own.

FOX 23 & Habitat for Humanity’s Companies That Care: Home Rehab Spring 2015 MS Power Mattress Express by Woodstock Furniture Mack Grubbs Hyundai Brackman’s West Luter’s Supply Mack Grubbs Motors Phillips Building Supply Water Flow Productions, Inc.

Voting is now “Live” for viewers to choose which family they want to see recieve the much needed repairs! FOX 23 has the candidate's stories posted on the voting site and running on air throughout the day. Anyone can go to myfox23.com or facebook.com/MyFOX23 and vote now through April 15th.

Our first Companies that Care Home Rehab recipient was Judith Reid of Hattiesburg.

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Judith is 62 years old, a cancer survivor, and is battling some dementia. Judith’s son Steven was struggling to complete repairs to damage caused during Hurricane Katrina and the Tornado. At the time Judith had no flooring under her kitchen cabinets and had frequent critter-visitors. After Habitat repaired several floor joists, replaced the floor covering and cabinets, put on a fresh coat of paint inside and out, Judith's kitchen was brand new and safe to use again. "Thank you FOX 23 Viewers and Companies that Care! My mother has dealt with so much adversity. It has been a long struggle finding her the help she needs. This is truly a blessing beyond belief!" said Steven, after the rehab was complete.

Who will be next?

About Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit housing organization committed to assisting families in need by providing the life-changing opportunity of having simple, decent affordable housing in partnership with a team of enthusiastic volunteers and staff guided by Christian values. Since 1990, our ministry has provided a hand-up, not a hand-out to 70 families in the Hattiesburg community. Habitat volunteers build and repair houses in partnership with low-income families. Upon completion, the families repay the cost of services through ZERO interest loans and at no profit to Hattiesburg Area Habitat. For more information about how to get involved, visit www.hattiesburghabitat.org or call the Habitat office at 601-582-4663.

About Habitat for Humanity International Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 600,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www. Habityat.org, or follow us at www.facebook.com/habitat or at www.twitter.com/habitat.org or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog

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