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6/24/07-Longview

Habitat Home Dedicated In Kilgore

It was a big day for a Kilgore couple as they get part of their American dream, a new home.  After more than a year of construction, a Habitat for Humanity home was ready for Kilgore residents Francisco and Carmen Berrera.

"Its a dream come true, a dream come true," said Carmen Berrera.  "It feels wonderful." Working every available weekend, the home was the first to be built by all women labor, a group called Women Build, many who had never built anything before.

"It was very interesting," said Volunteer Donetta Murphy.  "You learn a lot about the art of house building."

"It's the culmination of a years work," said Volunteer Kay Castle.  "We've been working on this thing about a year because being a Women's Build we had to all be available at different times."  The Berrera's came to Kilgore two years ago and found themselves in dire straits.

"I wouldn't imagine coming to Texas two years ago and having this," said Carmen Berrera.  "I can't believe it.  My dream was a house."  As the keys were presented, the ladies who worked on the home held a balloon release for their first effort.

"Being able to hand over the keys to the person who is going to live here and is very appreciative, that really makes it all worthwhile," said Castle.  The home was blessed by a priest and because of the goodness of others, Carmen Berrera had one more wish.

"There's more people like me out there, and I know we can do it again," said Carmen Berrera.  The Berrera's are still waiting on furniture and appliances and will then be able to move into their home.  

Bob Hallmark, Reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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