2019 Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley & Parham Family

2019 Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley & Parham Family

About This Campaign

Meet the Parham Family - Jasmine and 8-year-old Darius

Jasmine Parham was born in Birmingham to Curtis and Belinda Parham, Jr. She has 4 siblings - 2 older brothers, 1 older sister and 1 younger sister. Jasmine graduated from Huffman High School and earned an associate’s degree in Business Management, plus a certificate in Accounting, from Lawson State Community College. She works at Synovus Bank.

Jasmine attends Southside CME Church and enjoys drawing, sewing, playing football with her son (Darius), spending time with family, and assisting people.

Darius is in the 5th grade and loves school. His favorite subjects are Math and Social Studies. He was accepted in the National Junior Beta Club. He’s active in Martial Arts and has earned his brown belt. He sings in the choir at church and loves to play football (his favorite sport) and basketball, and video games, and read books.

“Owning my own home will change my life,” said Jasmine. “It will be one of the biggest tasks and greatest accomplishments. Me and my son have prayed for a house; this shows my son that faith and prayers are real, and that working and striving for things come in due time.”

“I would like to tell my sponsor that thanking them could never be enough for what they’ve placed in me and my son’s life,” said Jasmine. “I am forever sincerely grateful and may God always continue to be a blessing in their life like they have been in mine.”

Location / Venue

Habitat for Humanity Greater Birmingham

Campaign to Support Habitat for Humanity Greater Birmingham

Habitat Birmingham builds and repairs homes in partnership with low-to-moderate income families to support affordable housing and disaster recovery needs in Jefferson, Shelby, Walker, and St. Clair counties.

 Houses are not given away;

 Zero percent financing is offered to qualified families for new and repaired homes;

 Applicants qualify based on three criteria: (1) need for quality, affordable housing; (2)  willingness to partner with Habitat Birmingham (minimum 300 “sweat equity” hours and 10 hours of home ownership education workshops); and, (3) ability to repay a no interest mortgage;

 $85,000 is the average cost of new house construction (including land);

 $550 is the average monthly mortgage payment (varies based on house size, taxes, etc.);

 Families are required,and the general public is welcome, to attend education and repair workshops instructed by volunteers with expertise in financial planning, insurance, etc.;

 Ranks in top 15 out of more than 1,200 Habitat affiliates in the US by Habitat for Humanity International;

 Recognized as top 15 home builders in the Birmingham area by the Birmingham Business Journal (ranked by number of building permits).

Volunteers participate in new house construction Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

No prior construction experience is necessary. Habitat Construction Site Supervisors will be on site leading and instructing volunteers. Tools are provided, but feel free to bring your own. Volunteers must be a minimum of 14 years old to be on the construction site. 

Construction Site Provisions: 
Water, portable toilets, construction materials,hard hats, tools and work supervision are provided onsite;
Lunch, snacks or transportation are not provided.

What to Bring:
Lunch, sunscreen and/or a hat.

What to Wear:
Clothing must be appropriate for construction activities, including temperature appropriate layers and closed-toe shoes. Do not wear open-toed shoes or sandals, large earrings or over-sized clothing.

In the event of inclement weather or other construction questions contact the Construction Site Supervisor directly.

Habitat reserves the right to remove any volunteer from the work site if, in the opinion of a Habitat staff member, the volunteer acts in a manner that creates risk of injury or harm to that volunteer or others.