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New facility helps nonprofit build
For the families who could never dream of owning a home, there is one hope in the community.

Habitat for Humanity of Glynn County has built 73 homes for needy families in the 23 years of its existence and shows no signs of slowing down.

In fact, the organization is poised to make a larger impact than ever before, said executive director Bert Brown.

But like with so many other nonprofit organizations, the economy affects how much Habitat for Humanity can do even if there is an increase in need.

The organization currently owns nine lots. And with each home taking three to six months to complete, its volunteers will have their hands full for the next few years at least.

The organization has between 75 to 200 volunteer construction workers.

"We have the lots, we have the families, we have the volunteers," Brown said. "We just need the funding."

This year, Habitat for Humanity was able to build two homes on lots on Seventh Street in Brunswick. Plans were to build two more next door.

"We're waiting to see where we can build next," Brown said.

Habitat for Humanity uses the wait time to raise funds or manning the Habitat Restore on Altama Avenue.

It also has a new warehouse. The use of the old, dilapidated warehouse as an interior workspace was limited.

"We applied for funds from an anonymous grant, but we knew they wanted to be able to impact the community as a whole, not just one family," Brown said. "We decided to ask for a new warehouse. Our old space was substandard, and we were able to purchase this property with the grant money."

The 4,000-square-foot facility on Sidney Lanier Boulevard is a permanent home for the home-building organization and enhances productivity.

"Here we'll be able to work inside," Brown said. "We can build door frames and windows and keep them safe and dry."

The facility also features two large garage doors on either side of the building that allow trucks to drive through, be loaded with materials, tools and water for the groups building homes and then drive out.



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