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Americus woman in line for new Habitat home

By Cade Fowler - bio | email

Americus, GA (WALB) – For the past 15 years this Minnie Pearl Allen has called a small, two-bedroom apartment home.

"Yes I've been here 15 years and thank to the Lord I'm about to get out of it," said Minnie Pearl Allen.

The grandmother of three always had one dream.

"I always dreamed of having my own house," said Allen.

In October of 2008, New Horizons Habitat for Humanity made that dream came true.

"I got a blessing. They called me and approved me for a habitat house," she said.

"She was so excited. She was like 'We're gonna get a house!We're gonna get a house! I said momma that's good," said Allen's daughter Quiana.

In just a few months , Allen will leave her two bedroom apartment for a three bedroom home. Located just a few miles down the road, it's more than a work in progress, it's a long awaited gift.

Tuesday New Horizons Habitat for Humanity along with 14 Habitat Volunteers from Penn State University raised the walls on Allen's home.

For volunteers like Amanda Brodman this is how she wanted to spend her spring break.

She said, "I figure I'll always have the opportunity to go to Cancun or Acapulco like where some of my friends are going, but this is really the only opportunity to come to a place like this and give back to the community."

For a woman who cleans houses for a living, she can now look forward to cleaning her own home and seeing her granddaughters have their own rooms. 

It's an achievement made possible through the help others that she will always be thankful for.

She said, "Just for us to have a better place or a better place to live in, you know, I'm just happy."

Allen must put in sweat equity hours as is required by Habitat for Humanity.

but through hard work and the help of friend, family, and volunteers the house should be complete in late May or early June.

The 14 students from Penn State will spend a week working on the Allen home.

If you would like more on information on New Horizon Habitat for Humanity you can call 229-928-9577.

 


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