James Hubbard, an Army veteran of 17 years, waits to officially cut the ribbon on his new Habitat for Humanity home on Pinedale Court on Wednesday. (Staff Photo: Jennifer Parks)
ALBANY — An Army veteran now has a new home to share with his daughter and his grandson in south Albany with help from Flint River Habitat for Humanity.
James Hubbard, his family and representatives from Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and Habitat were at 902 Pinedale Court on Wednesday to officially cut the ribbon on the home.
Hubbard started the process of getting a home through Habitat for Humanity about a year ago. After he lost everything in a house fire, he was put into an apartment temporarily. He saw officials from Habitat at a veterans’ meeting and thought that might be good program for him. After waiting a few months to get approval, arrangements were made to get him into a new home.
He has been in his house now since April 1. He may get rails in the bathroom and install a walk-in shower to accommodate his disability, and he likely will install a fence around the property, but otherwise, the home fits his needs.
“I like it,” Hubbard said. “I love it. It’s quiet. It’s a quiet neighborhood. It’s a real good neighborhood.”
For those who want to own homes who are “thinking about Habitat” as an option, he said, “It is a great thing to look into.”
After spending time serving his country, he said Wednesday he was grateful for what the community had given back to him.
“I appreciate all the community has done,” Hubbard said. “Sometimes we (veterans) have problems, and we think that once we are out that nobody cares. I appreciate the community. They have done something to give back.
“Without them, I would not have been able to accomplish this.”
David Wilson, volunteer coordinator and family service manager for Flint River Habitat for Humanity, said the ribbon-cutting on the 155th home the organization has made available since 1986 represents progress in the community, as well as stabilization for Hubbard and his family in a way that brings the community together.
“(It is like) the beauty of a rainbow. It pulls together every class possible,” he said. “Today is just a reflection of that.”
The whole cause, Wilson said, is centered on giving back. As part of that, he said, Habitat is endeavoring to reach out to more veterans who may need a home.
“(The community) may have overlooked the sacrifice they made,” Wilson said. “(Hubbard’s home) is a small gesture, but it is a way of saying thank you.”