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HERO works as a catalyst for community development in areas of the Alabama Black Belt to end rural poverty. As a non-profit housing resource center, HERO provides community resources, housing education and youth programming.
HERO began in 1994 by a group of committed citizens who wanted to create a strong community focused on family. HERO is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

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It was a project started long before I arrived in Alabama. For two weeks, a local reverend worked day and night with volunteers, helping others get back to their normal life after a series of tornadoes ripped through his home town. That whole time, he said nothing about what he’d lost. To most, it’d seem like he’d lost everything.

He’d lost his home. It was his fathers home too, and his fathers father had built it, and now it was merely shreds of insulation, splintered floorboards, a foundation, a house, a home, now reduced to rubble. “I guess it just came up in conversation,” one member of St. Johns Episcopal Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma said. “And then he was set on getting just a trailer.”

It’s true. When HERO found out that he’d lost his home completely, Katie Walsh and Kevin Wade got to work on designing and gathering funds to build a beautiful new home. “Just a trailer” was no longer an option. HERO was able to coordinate the build, gathering together resources and volunteers. It took some time, as all large projects do, but by November, the foundation was  laid, and volunteers from all over the country were on their way. With the help of several groups, the reverends house is now completed, and the grand opening is this week. We’d like to thank everyone involved, even the reverend himself, as he contributed hours and hours on his own house. From the Americorps NCCC members, to Sawyerville Day Camp, the Catastrophic Relief Alliance, to St. Johns Episcopal Church, Habitat for Humanity, everyone involved deserves a round of applause.

Working for HERO allowed me the opportunity to spend some time with the volunteers from St. Johns Episcopal Church, who were the last volunteer group, and the one’s to put the final touches on the house. I may not have been a part of this project while it was in its first stages, but I’m very fortunate to have been able to lend a hand when I could.

For once in my life, I’m at a loss for words. I’m so proud of everyone I work with for coordinating this. I’m so happy I could be a part of this, and be the one to share this with the world. It’s things like this that rebuild my faith in humanity, that people can be good to each other, just for the sake of helping a fellow human. This project has been eye-opening in the best of ways, and makes me that much more excited about future projects that I’ll see to fruition.

Check out these photos from our recent trip to Lewis Bamboo.

John Bielenberg of Project M, and some design and engineer students from L.A. and Birmingham took the trip up to Jasper, Alabama to check out Roger Lewis’s bamboo nursery and see what all the fuss about “Razin’ Cane” is all about.