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Longview women build habitat home


An East Texas woman is watching her home come together and it's all being built by the hands of some fellow women. Work started today on the 83rd East Texas Habitat for Humanity home in the 400 block of Harrison street in Longview.

With energy as if they were building their own home, women pitched in to do just about every part of putting the frame together for a new home.

"It'll be 85 percent built by women, its a wonderful way to bring women together to teach them some skills and offer them empowerment," says crew leader Elisabeth Smith. 

All women, with some male supervising exceptions, cutting , measuring and driving nails.

"This is habitats 83rd home in Longview and our 11th all women built home. We'll be building for 8 Saturdays and they're be plenty for people to do every Saturday," says Lujuan Hollis of Habitat for Humanity.

"Some of them have never had a hammer some of them aren't crafty in any way so sometimes the smallest crafts at home allow you to work with tools," Smith says.  

The intended owner, Barbara Crowe, worked and watched as her home took shape.

"I feel like its a great inspiration getting build your own house. To be able to build the neighborhood back up again," Crowe says.

The women go through a 3 week training session at Lowe's , learning how to use tools and equipment. Weather permitting they hope miss Crowe can move in before Christmas.

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