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"Building on the Dream" program hammers home MLK message

January 17, 2006

Albany -- Dozens of South Georgians spent their Martin Luther King holiday helping others. Habitat for Humanity's "Building on the Dream" program hammered home the message of brotherhood that Dr. King stood for.

Albany State University Holley Ambassador Gwen Gunter-Wilson may be a novice at building, but she wanted to remember Dr. Martin Luther King on this holiday helping others. "Because he did so much for us, and we want to give back to our community," she said.

More than 80 people helped start a new house at 904 Pinedale Court. It will be the first home for Howard Wood and his family. "We just started this morning on the framework. And the framework is already done," Howard said. "Looks like we are going to done in a month or so."

Wood said it was amazing how quickly his home was coming together, thanks to his many new friends. "I haven't built anything before. So it's a new experience, a learning experience also."

A learning experience for the many volunteers. Albany State students said this project was a great way to remember Dr. King's teachings. Robert Bowman said, "Dreams come in all shapes and sizes. Houses, college education, high school graduations. Anything can be a dream."

Students, business people, and church members from across Albany came to help the Habitat Build. Altha Roberts said she knew a home is essential for everyone. "It's a foundation for your family, for your children. Somewhere to live, to have a good enviornment."

Driving nails, sawing boards, and working together, remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, through a day of service.

Cliff Dunn of Phoebe Putney Hospital said, "It means a lot. It's a good opportunity to come out and do this."

Howard Wood said after his home is complete, he will continue to work with Habitat for Humanity helping others with their dream of home ownership.

The Woods should be moving in sometime in March.

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