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Two women become Habitat homeowners

January 22, 2005

Albany- "It's a blessing. That's all I can say right now. It's just a blessing," says Brenda Williams.

Williams can't hold back the tears as she thinks about owning her own 4-bedroom home.

Habitat for Humanity officials were on hand to bless her new house, a house built over six months and almost entirely by women.

"It was hard but we did it," Williams smiles.

She says she fills a sense of triumph and security. Williams finally has a place where she can let her son go outside to play.

"We have a playground right across the street. Where we live now there's nowhere to play, not a play area. It's just a blessing," Williams says.

"Words can't describe how I feel. I just feel so overwhelmed and excited. Just full of gratitude. I just feel special today," says Deborah Inegbenebor.

She will be Williams new neighbor. More than 300 volunteers spent only a week building her house during the Building on a Dream building blitz.

"I have a new home new that I'm so proud and fond of, something I can call my own," Inegbenebor says.

It's a gift that's two-fold, one for her and one for her grandson who will be born in March.

"I didn't get a chance to raise my daughter in a home and this is something I always wanted to do, but I have another chance now because of the people here and habitat for humanity that I can raise my grandson in a new home, in a home, not an apartment but a home," Inegbenebor says.

Both families still have to put final touches in the interior construction of their homes but hope to move in by next month.

This week volunteers in 40 states built 110 habitat homes as a part of the Building a Dream program honoring Dr. Martin Luther King.

Inegbenebor and Williams won't have to worry about stocking their cupboards when they move in.

The Food Bank of Southwest Georgia donated a box of non-perishable food items to both families Saturday. Each received enough food to last for two weeks.

"The food bank is about nourishing stronger communities and it's just a blessing to see the smiles on the families faces and do what we can do to help each other,"says executive director Dwayne Myles.

Officials with the Food Bank say they plan to provide meals to other habitat homeowners in the future.

Posted at 6:55 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com