DECATUR, Ala. – After the tornadoes swept through Alabama five years ago, Nylon at Ascend in Decatur stepped up to the plate, providing housing for their employees that lost everything.
Now, five years later, They’re continuing to pay it forward with the help of Habitat for Humanity, but this time, it’s for families in the community.
On the day of ground breaking, the stairs are already going up on this soon-to-be 1,200 square foot home. There is no foundation yet, just steel beams; but that’s because the house isn’t staying on this lot.
“We thought it was important to build the house on our site,” said Phil McDivitt, President Nylon at Ascend
The Ascend Cares foundation is footing the bill for construction and materials. Helping lower the cost even further for this Habitat for Humanity house that has a market value close to $100,000.
“It’s a three bedroom, two bath home, family room, dining room, kitchen combo,” said Marlon Morris, Majestic Homes.
Ascend employees will be doing much of the labor, but they’re used to giving back to the community they’ve spent time in for the last 60 years.
“The foundation was really started to help employees, because we had so many impacted by the tornadoes,” said McDivitt.
Once their own were taken care of, they branched out and partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help provide a house, free of charge, to a family in need.
“I live with my mom. Me and my daughter share a room and my son has a room,” said Pancho Montano, future homeowner.
Montano has to put some sweat equity into the home and will have a low-interest mortgage to pay, as it standard for Habitat homeowners.
He’s is a single father of two who moved to Decatur from Colorado. Montano was working around the clock to save up for his very own home. “It’s just something you have to do I guess,” said Montano.
Now, he can use that money for something else.
Construction will begin on September 8 and the house is expected to be finished before Thanksgiving.
It will be moved to another location once completed.