BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG) – Many organizations have stepped in to help after Hurricane Michael, including Bay County Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity has been building affordable homes in Bay County for more than 20 years, but since the hurricane, their efforts have increased.
“Previously we didn’t do home repairs, but since the storm the need has been there, so we’ve completed about 20 repairs so far and our plan is to complete 50 repairs and we already have in line 40 repairs for next year,” Bay County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director, Lance Rettig said.
Habitat is a volunteer-driven organization and those volunteers have worked thousands of hours to help with recovery efforts.
“I love it, it’s in my heart it’s just something that I started doing, working with committees and started getting on the job site and once I started running the saw, that was where I belonged,” Bay County Habitat for Humanity Board Member, Gayle Ahrens said.
The volunteer crew is currently building two homes and two more will be built by the end of this year.
“We’re also grateful to them, the volunteers and donors to help make this possible. That’s the mission of Habitat for Humanity to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope,” Rettig said.
The organization lost its own office and restore shop in the storm. The shop helped fund projects, but Rettig says they are too focused on helping others to let that stop them.
“We have relocated that to 11th Street, we are open there now, and that’s probably one of the last priorities we are thinking of right now, we have a place and that’s good enough for right now,” Rettig said.
Habitat for Humanity is repairing many lives post Hurricane Michael, one home at a time, by providing a little bit of hope and a whole lot of faith to people that really need it.