As swarms of volunteers descended upon the Millard Fuller Legacy Build in Valley, Ala., early Monday morning, one volunteer stood out from the rest. LaTonya Whitlow wasn’t just there to help build a home; she was there to change her family’s life.
LaTonya is a mother of three: D’andre, Trevian, and Caylon. LaTonya herself is no stranger to the Fuller Center, having worked on various builds with the Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project in Eastern Alabama over the last five years.
“The situation I am in right now isn’t good, and I’m renting, and I think it would be great to have something that is just for my family,” says LaTonya of her opportunity with the Fuller Center.
As the day went on for the volunteers on Monday, LaTonya did not slow down. As she cut her own wood, hauled her own trusses, and placed her own walls, the vision of the new home kept her moving.
“To get to see it from the ground up is incredible. I’m just here to work. Seeing each wall go up, and each room go together, I can picture what it is going to look like at the end, and I’m just ready to see it done,” LaTonya said excitedly of being on the build site.
“I’m just ecstatic. It’s something that I can have for my kids if something happens to me, they’ll be okay. And they are so excited, and I am so grateful, I couldn’t be happier.”