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Home for the Holidays home build in Clay under way

By Gary Lloyd

CLAY — The construction of a new home in Clay’s Winchester Hills subdivision was under way last Thursday, part of Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity’s “Home for the Holidays.”

Construction on the home began early last Thursday and will be complete by next Thursday, when Ivory Prince and her 6-year-old daughter, Janiya, receive the home’s key at a dedication ceremony and move in.

Prince, born and raised in Birmingham, is a Parker High School and UAB graduate. She works at Crestline Early Learning Center and attends New Grace Church. Prince aspires to pursue a master’s degree in education and open her own daycare center. Janiya is a student at South Hampton Elementary School and enjoys riding her bike, swimming, skating and taking ballet.

Ivory Prince with her daughter, Janiya
photo courtesy of Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to become a homeowner,” Prince said. “This means so much to Janiya and me. I can’t wait for her to see that I’m able to make our dream come true.”

Volunteers are responsible for the majority of the work, including Prince, who is putting in what Habitat for Humanity calls “sweat equity.” All Habitat for Humanity homeowners help in the building of other people’s homes before they qualify to have their own build.

The dedication ceremony will be next Thursday at 10:45 a.m. at 4477 Winchester Hills Way in Clay.

In May, 10 families received keys to their new homes at the Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity Eighth Annual Home Builders Blitz in the Winchester Hills subdivision in Clay.

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