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October 7, 2004

Valdosta - With every board cut and every nail that's hammered, Angelina Vinson is one step closer to owning her own home. "Words can't express it, I've never owned anything of my own," said Vinson.

She's been renting a small home, and before that, she was staying in a shelter. Now the dream of something bigger and better is coming true, thanks to Habitat for Humanity. "I'm getting a four bedroom house with two bathrooms," said Vinson.

And its all happened in less than a week at Habitat's annual Building on Faith build. "The churches and faith based groups get together and we literally build on faith," said Stuart Mullis, Habitat for Humanity Director.

Angelina has something special in common with her neighbors. Every house on this street, in fact every single house in the whole neighborhood, was built by Habitat volunteers. "It's like we're all a big family, everyone's worked together to get the house so basically you could say this is a family unit living out here," said Vinson.

"There's almost 50 homes in this neighborhood and its a neighborhood dedicated to what people can do for other people when they have a good feeling in their hearts," said Mullis.

Angelina hopes she and her three kids can move into their new home by the end of this month, just in time for her 40th birthday.

posted at 4:00 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com