Restore Sipsey cooperative to host dedication for completed homes
Dr. Donnie Cantley, a member of Riverchase UMC, spearheaded the Restore Sipsey Cooperative Effort to rebuild three homes in the town of Sipsey. Two homes will be dedicated on Sunday, November 13, 2011.
Toni's home will be dedicated on November 13, 2011. Toni and her daughter survived the storm in the storm cellar behind the new house, which was the only remaining item left on the property after the storm.
Ray's new house was built where his previous home stood. PIeces of his home were scattered throughout the field and into the tree line behind his newly constructed home.
On Sunday, November 13, Restore Sipsey will celebrate the completion of two rebuilt homes with a dedication for the homeowners.
The town of Sipsey lies in the heart of Walker County and grew from a coal mining community. A town of approximately 160 households, it is plagued by high unemployment.
In April 2011, Sipsey received a direct hit from an EF-4 tornado, which destroyed 65 homes.
Dr. Donnie Cantley, a member of Riverchase UMC, visited Sipsey in early May and learned that a dozen of the severely damaged or destroyed households held no insurance to provide assistance to rebuild.
On June 8, 2011, Cantley incorporated Restore Sipsey, a cooperative effort of nine organizations and churches, to rebuild homes and provide assistance in the Sipsey community. Restore Sipsey focused on three new home constructions for families affected by the April storms.
Cantley has brought in teams throughout the summer and fall to work on the three homes.
||Sunday, November 13, 2011
Toni’s House – 2:00 p.m.
(4694 Sipsey Rd, Sipsey, Ala.)
Ray’s House – 3:00 p.m.
(4474 Sipsey Rd, Sipsey, Ala.)
Restore Sipsey provides a newly constructed home for the homeowner free of charge. The co-op requires that homeowners maintain insurance on the home for at least five years.