Madison County EMS, Madison County Fire and Richmond City Fire recently helped raise the roof for the First Responders Build.

Madison County first responders are partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Madison and Clark Counties to fundraise and build a home for Jeff and Kandice Baisden and their two children on Edwards Ave. in Richmond.

"This build is going so quick," said Jessica Ball, fund development coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Madison and Clark Counties. "It's only been five weeks since we blessed the foundation of this home. The first responder groups are doing an amazing job at coming out and building the home they worked so hard at raising funds for."

The agencies were working toward a goal of $30,000 to help build the forever home for the Baisden family. They've raised more than $32,000 so far.

"I love seeing the looks of accomplishment on their faces when they can see where all their efforts are being placed on the build," Ball said. "Our first responders are usually arriving on scene when something bad happens to a home, now they are getting to experience some good -- building a future home instead of tearing it down because of a fire or disaster."

Ball said it's been a joy to see the different departments partner together to make the build happen. She said community businesses and individuals are also coming together to help.

"Our first responders have a big heart," she said. "This just shows how big their hearts really are. Giving this family the opportunity to have a safe, decent and affordable home; one that creates a healthy and sustainable place for their kids to grow."

Habitat is still looking for volunteers to come out during the week and help build or provide lunches for the crews. Build days are Wednesday through Saturday most weeks. Contact hope@habitatmadisonclark.org to sign up.

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