Healthcare institutions team to build Habitat home

Chief executives from four hospitals in Jackson will turn dirt Thursday on a Habitat for Humanity home.

Baptist Health Systems, St. Dominic Health Systems, University of Mississippi Medical Center and Health Management Associates have partnered to build the home on Englewood Street.

Employees from each healthcare provider (including students from UMMC) will participate in the eight-day building process this month and next.

This is the first time the institutions have collaborated to build a Habitat home.

“Taking care of people is what each of our institutions do on a daily basis, but we mostly do it in isolation from one another,” UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs James E. Keeton said in a press release. “The opportunity to work side-by-side to help our fellow man is pretty special. I think this will be a catalyst to help us find other ways to work together in the service of the greater Jackson community.”

The home is being built for Michelle Owens, a licensed practical nurse at Hinds Comprehensive Medical Center. She has two children, 10 and 5 years old. They currently rent a two-bedroom house, according to a Habitat press release, in which the plumbing regularly backs up, to go with doors that won’t close completely and a large hole in the bathroom.

Owens said the home would provide her and her children “peace of mind. There is a lot that comes with that — a feeling of security, being more comfortable and a better sense of stability for my family. I want my kids to have a home of their own, not just something we are renting.”

Leaders from the healthcare institutions will don hard hats during a ceremony at 1 p.m. Thursday at the construction site at 233 Englewood St in Jackson. The home will be the 556th built since Habitat for Humanity/Metro Jackson was founded in 1986.

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