West Tallahatchie Habitat dedicates 44th local home

By SPECIAL TO THE SUN-SENTINEL,

TUTWILER — On Oct. 10, the West Tallahatchie Habitat for Humanity Board of Trustees presented the deed of trust to Iesha Harris, recipient of the 44th house dedicated by the local Habitat affiliate.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to have my own home,” said Harris.  “I would like to thank all the volunteers who gave up their time to make a dream become a reality.”

Since 1984, West Tallahatchie Habitat for Humanity has taken on the mission of building affordable housing in Tutwiler for low-income families, making the dream of home ownership possible.

The affiliate’s first house was built in 1986. House 45 is in the process of being completed, and the foundation and framing of house 46 have been finished thanks to a volunteer group from LaCanada, California.

West Tallahatchie Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization supported financially by donors and volunteer groups from as close as down the road and as far away as Germany.

“Special thanks to all our past and present volunteer groups and individual donors who make life events like this one a reality time and time again,” said local Habitat affiliate volunteer coordinator Sherri Hilliard. “Through their help, we are eliminating substandard housing in our corner of the Mississippi Delta, one dollar, one hammer, one person and one home at a time.”

Anyone interested in donating to the West Tallahatchie Habitat for Humanity can do so by mailing a donation to P.O. Box 449, Tutwiler, MS 38963.

For more information, or to discuss the possibility of volunteering your services to the work of Habitat, call 662-345-6002 or email wthabitat@yahoo.com.


IN THE PHOTO: West Tallahatchie Habitat for Humanity board president Rev. Willie Williams (left) looks on during the dedication of the home of Iesha Harris and her son Antonio Gipson. (Photo special to The Sun-Sentinel)