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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

January 19, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - In memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Habitat for Humanity volunteers are making dreams come true this week. A week long building blitz, called building on the dream, started Monday morning. Dozens of volunteers showed up to work on two homes.

Just like Dr. King, Habitat for Humanity has a dream to help people in need. David Wilson said, "The vision for Habitat is to eliminate poverty and we believe everybody deserves a simple and decent home."

That's the reason LaJohnda Johnson, a senior at Albany State came out today to be a part of Building on a dream. She said, "I think volunteering should be a key aspect of everyone's life, because it makes you feel, to see the Homeowner's face when it's all said and done is just a rewarding experience for me."

A feeling shared by Dougherty County teachers, sorority and fraternity members, nursing students and others who turned out here today.

Danielle Galloway said, "It makes you feel great because I can put a house together for somebody to come to and that they'll be glad to be able to live in with their family, so I feel really great."

Ken Stack, a Darton Nursing Student said, "It's a very fulfilling thing to come out here and do this because you know that a family is going to have a home and what better gift to give back?"

Giving the dream of home ownership, to those who otherwise would not be able to afford it. Wilson said, "It's kind of a day where people continue standing up for something, standing behind a dream, standing up for a cause. People are really excited." Building on a solid foundation, and making a dream into reality.

Habitat needs volunteers to help build homes for people in need in the 900 block of Willow Oak Court. The building blitz is going on all day every day this week, through Saturday. You don't need any building skills, just a willingness to learn.

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