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Women Begin Another Habitat Project

Another beginning to a new home for a needy family started Saturday in Longview by the hands of volunteer women.  In a bit of a diversion from their usual procedure, the latest women's built Habitat House was started in the parking lot of Lowes.

"It's heart-wrenching because you're giving back to the community, but more importantly your helping a family build the foundation of their life," said Habitat volunteer Kelly Hall.  Every board, every nail, every frame from the ground up will be built through the power of women volunteers from Habitat and Zonta.

"Several of the houses I've worked on were for children I had the last few years in school, it just happened that way and the feeling that their lives are going to better because they have a home is great," said former school teacher and volunteer Sally Rathbun.  Mary Flores and her three children will be inheriting the home to be built on Mitchell street, a home that Longview women will not only build, but have provided 100 percent of the funding for.

"A very big day, very exciting day, the best part having a home of my own for me and my children's happy that I have a lot of help a lot of volunteers," said Flores.  And a new freedom for one more Longview family.  The home is expected to be completed within 12 to 14 weeks. More than 350 habitat homes nationwide have been built totally by women volunteers.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com


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