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Yatoya Barney, Homeowner Yatoya Barney, Homeowner
Janet Lewis, Homeowner Janet Lewis, Homeowner
Vic Sullivan, Wells Fargo Advisors Vic Sullivan, Wells Fargo Advisors
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Flint River Habitat for Humanity and Wells Fargo Advisors are teaming up to give two Albany single mothers the homes of their dreams.  

Yatoya Barney and Janet Lewis are putting the finishing touches on the place they will soon call home. They'll be neighbors at their new homes on Willow Oak Court thanks to the Flint River Habitat for Humanity.    

"I feel really good. I'm just so happy it's actually happening," said Homeowner Yatoya Barney.

"I just thank everybody who is out here today and it really means a lot to me," said Homeowner Janet Lewis.  

Barney's husband, who served in the Army, was killed four years ago in Iraq. Since then she's been juggling school and work to support her four-year -old son.  

"I'm getting on my feet now and I'm getting back to the routine of things and just getting myself together for me and my son so that we do have a stable life," said Barney.  

Lewis is raising her 9-year-old daughter, and is a Child Nutrition Manager for the Dougherty County School System. She says she's happy to provide her family with a good home.  

"Life gets tough but she has really made it easy for me and that's the reason I work so hard and want to provide her with a house and give her everything that she needs," said Lewis.

Several volunteers with Wells Fargo Advisors got dirty to paint and put up siding on the new homes. They also presented a $15,000 check to the Flint River Habitat for Humanity.  

"Working with Habitat and helping people get established in their homes is real important to us," said Vic Sullivan with Wells Fargo Advisors.  

The new homeowners say their thankful for the support, and are excited to move into their new homes in July.

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