Habitat for Humanity-Coosa Valley is under new leadership as Betsy Allgood has been named the new Executive Director taking the helm from Bruce Day who retired May 31 after 15 years of service with the organization.
Allgood comes to Habitat from a long-tenure with Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation where she served as Recreation Director for nearly 12 years. She did a little training with Day the last week of May before he retired, but just completed her first ‘official’ week in her new role.
“My experience in working with the community through Parks and Rec will help me tremendously…while I’m in a different type role here at Habitat, I am still working with the community,” she says.
“I have always been a behind-the-scenes person and I will get to connect deserving families together with donors and volunteers to help build new homes.”
Allgood says she is excited to be apart of “giving hope” to the community.
“I met a partner family this week and the mother was so grateful to have the opportunity to give her children a better home…she was so overjoyed. And just to be a part of that is a great feeling. I can’t wait to continue to working alongside our volunteers and donors to make the community a better one and bring hope,” she says.
Her main goals this summer will be to continue recruiting volunteers and donors to help in project builds in Floyd, Polk and Chattooga counties. There is currently one new home build underway in Floyd and two home rehabilitation projects in Chattooga County.
“The goal is to build two to three homes per day. We play to start another this fall,” she says. “Our mission is to reflect God’s love by helping partner families achieve safe, decent, and affordable housing, while providing opportunities for community partners to use their God-given gifts. I am just looking forward to bringing families in and getting more community partners to make this community a better one and give hope to families.
“We have so many involved…volunteers, donors, our board members and families…I am just a small piece of the puzzle. I am just grateful to the board to be able to be in this role.”
The community can continue to support Habitat by shopping at or donating to the ReStore at 95 Three Rivers Drive. They accept home goods, furniture and building materials to resale. Habitat will also host its second annual ‘Hard Hats and High Heels’ gala on Oct. 26 with dinner and auction.