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3/28/05-Tyler

Volunteers To Build Home In 12 Days

From a concrete slab to a wood frame to a completed house in just 12 days.

A three-bedroom, 1.5-bath home for Teresa Yarbrough, who's giving new meaning to 'putting a roof over her two children's heads.'

Teresa began applying to Habitat for Humanity two years ago and finally got a 'yes.'

"It's just a good feeling to know that I'm building on my own home for me and my children," she said.

Teresa's home is sponsored by Firstbank and 17 other local companies. They've sent their employees out of the office to 2304 North Gaston Avenue.

"The thing about Habitat for Humanity that we really like is that it's a hand-up and not necessarily a handout," Derrell Chapman, President & CEO of Firstbank, said.

"I know it's going to put me on a whole totally different level, knowing that I'm paying money every month for something of my own, not just giving it to rent," Teresa said.

Another mom who knows what that's like is Benita Goss, who moved into her Habitat home six months ago. She's now helping to build her future neighbor's home.

"I have a little boy. Teresa has a little boy. Our kids will be able to grow up together, play together," she said. "And it's just a blessing."

Habitat for Humanity is building the house not only quickly and affordably, but also keeping the homeowner in mind. For example, the water heater will be put at a lower level, so if it leaks, the water will run outside and not into the house.

"Just working on mine, I have to stand back sometimes and look 'cause I'm so amazed with it," Teresa said.

And when the volunteers disappear, the blessings they leave for Teresa and her family will remain for years to come. Messages like "Bless this home and all who dwell here. Praise be to God that this family now has a home" are written on the wood inside the walls.

The Yarbroughs' home will be finished and dedicated on Sunday, April 10. The family will be able to move in as soon as Teresa closes on it and finishes her 350 hours of community service.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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