AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - With the temperatures dropping, there are hundreds of families in our area fighting to stay safe and warm this fall season.
Lisa Pierce, the Executive Director of Alabama Rural Ministry, is living in a shack this week in Auburn to bring awareness to poverty that lies here in our own backyard.
A lot of the time poverty maybe out in those county areas, in those small homes where you don't see as much. What may look like a normal house, but when you go inside you realize that the roof is leaking or the floors have holes, where it's just not weatherized," says Pierce.
There are over 100 families in the Lee and Macon County area alone that need vital repairs to make their homes safe, warm and dry.
By staying in this shack, Pierce hopes to inform those who pass by of the need and raise $50,000 to help fund material costs to help 20 families throughout the year.
"We can only do about 20 homes, but we know there are 70 to 80 right now that could use help, so the more volunteers and resources we have the more we can help," says Pierce.
A team of volunteers have helped rebuild the homes of families and the elderly in Tuskeegee, Lochapoka, and Opelika.
They build wheelchair ramps, redo floors and fix roofs.
"To reroof a house is about $3,500 and these families are averaging $800 to $900 a month, so they just do not have that kind of lump sum to do that," explains Pierce.
To date the No More Shacks Campaign has raised $37,000.
Rain or shine Pierce will be outside along Gay Street in front of the Wesley Foundation talking to folks and trying to raise the last $13,000 the rest of this week.
"It's a ministry for us. It's a way just to share love with them," explains Pierce, "Let them know that they are cared for, so that's what's neat for us."
Stop by, donate and learn how to help end poverty housing in rural Alabama.
You may also donate by visiting www.arm-al.org.