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Power House Built By Powerful Women

The Smith County Habitat for Humanity's "Women Build" project of 2008 kicked-off Saturday. As KLTV 7's Courtney Lane shows us, these ladies are building a single mother of three her dream come true.

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They're not construction workers.

"I am not the most skilled worker out here, but I have a big heart," said board member Jill Hossley.

"It's such a skill," said volunteer Susan Guthrie.  "I need to practice.  I'm going to go home and practice some more."  Still, their progress Saturday would reflect otherwise.

"We just laid the outside caulking for the home and now we're doing interior walls and this will look like a real home in a few hours," said Hossley. 

"It teaches women a new skill set and a lot of times women walk away going you know if I can do this, I can do anything," said Director of Family Services, Hannah Walker.  And this is who it's all for.  Lindsey Wall is a single mom, living with her parents. She says that's cramped conditions for her three young children, so she decided to do something about it.

"I'm doing things I never thought I'd be doing," said Wall.  "I mean I've been putting nails in, I'm like go."

"She has to put in so many sweat equity hours, 350 hours building on other people's and her own home," said board member Judge Judith Guthrie. 

"To be able to get a home to provide for my kids as a single mom, it just feels so rewarding and I can't contain myself," said Wall.  The project, sponsored by the Junior League of Tyler, works to fight poverty housing plus motivate women.

"What's so great about this project is it's not about excluding men, it's about including women and Habitat for Humanity loves for people to feel empowered," said Walker.  "I mean, our mission is not only to end substandard housing, but to bring together people from all walks of life."  And Wall said she now looks at these ladies as friends, helping to give her and her three kids a better life.

"Just to help me achieve a dream that I have to be a homeowner, it's just awesome," said Wall.  Words can't express how I feel."

This is the 8th Women Built home in East Texas.  Habitat for Humanity is encouraging all women to get involved, and it's not too late.  This house is scheduled to be finished in December.

Courtney Lane, Reporting  clane@kltv.com

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