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Habitat builds in Valdosta


By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –  Employees at Valdosta State University are helping a co-worker reach her goal of home ownership.  Muggy, hot weather didn't stop the team from building a habitat house for a family in need while helping one of their friends get credit she needs to get her own Habitat house.

For now, Shakeera Davis is helping build houses for others. And soon, she'll have a place of her own. "It's exciting. I'm very thankful for my employees," said Davis.

Davis works at Valdosta State University's Blazer Dining. When she told one of her mangers she qualified to get her own home through Habitat for Humanity they wanted to help. She needs 350 hours to start her build.

"We got 100% management participation out here today and our team's just inspired to help one of our employees get credit towards their house," Rich Yokely of Sodexo Dining Services.

Davis estimates with the help of her coworkers here she'll get an extra 50 hours towards her brand new home. Wednesday the volunteers were out hammering, measuring, and sawing.

"I'm putting on siding and I've never done that before," said Davis.

The reward Wednesday for everyone out here is two-fold. "We're just excited for the opportunity to come out and be a part of such a great thing," said Yokely.

"It's nothing like having your own house instead of renting so it's nice," said Davis.

They're helping build this home on Lee Street for someone in need and also helping Davis get closer to her dream.


The Lee Street house is expected to be completed within the next four months.

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