In celebration of the collaborative spirit of our community, the 2017 Habitat Cabarrus CommUNITY Build will be an opportunity to unify the community around the cause of decent, affordable housing. The focus of this project is to engage first responders, firefighters, police officers, EMS healthcare professionals and public officials to build alongside volunteers. During the build, public servants will be teamed up with community volunteers. This concept allows individuals who may not otherwise cross paths to come together and use teamwork to help build the foundation for a family in our community. Joining together has the potential to open lines of communication through positive healthy conversation and an appreciation for one another’s skills, uniqueness and hearts. With one goal in mind – to build a home for someone in need – stereotypes, labels and titles fall away and individuals have the opportunity to see beyond a uniform or a badge to achieve a common goal.
List of Teams
|Group||Team Name||Team Leader|
|City of Kannapolis||Kannapolis||Sherry Gordon/Irene Sacks|
|Leigh Brown & Associates||Leigh Brown’s Building Brigade||Virginia Halter|
|Concord Fire||Blazing Builders||Ray Allen|
|Cabarrus Health Alliance||For the Health of It||William Pilkington/Erin Shoe|
|Carolinas Healthcare, Northeast||Northeast Palliators||Theresa Vickey/Gloria Jackson|
Meet the Homeowner
The 2017 CommUNITY Build new home will be for Latasha, her 14-year- old daughter and her son’s two-year-old daughter. Latasha currently lives in Concord and is looking for a change of scenery and a fresh start from her current situation. Her rental home is in disrepair with no central heating or air, broken windows and doors, mold and several other issues. Latasha’s current location is also a constant reminder of her mother’s death in September 2016. Her mother lived just a few blocks away and was murdered in her home. A change of location will help with Latasha’s continued healing. This new home will also be located closer to Latasha’s job and will be a great place for her daughter to begin early college.
The home will be built in the Carver Community in Kannapolis. This service area is part of a partnership between the City of Kannapolis and Habitat Cabarrus that seeks to revitalize the neighborhood through new construction and critical home repairs.