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Valdosta area churches help build new home for Valdosta family

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Monte Copeland (left), Amber Copeland (right) Monte Copeland (left), Amber Copeland (right)

Volunteers from churches in Valdosta and the surrounding area continued hammering together a new home for Amber and Monte Copeland and their children on Wednesday.

It's part of the Valdosta Habitat for Humanity's "Building on Faith" program, which gathers volunteers from churches in Valdosta and the surrounding area to help build homes for families in the Valdosta area. Volunteers not only build the houses, they provide meals for those doing the construction and also offer some devotions.

"I think it will help a whole lot, because I have a lot of health problems and where we stay now, we have stairs and I fall a lot," said Amber Copeland.

That help is something the project's construction manager, Stevie Wells, said he's glad to be able to provide. "Being here, actually helpin' someone in the community and giving back, it's rewarding," Wells said. "I just love being out here, meeting the different volunteers, meeting the different homeowners."

Amber and her husband Monte said they're looking forward to the opportunities their new home will provide."Somethin' to call our own, and basically a yard, parking, and good neighbors," Amber pointed out. Habitat for Humanity acquired the property through an auction and the Copelands were approved for the home after applying through the "Building on Faith" program. A member of the program interviewed the family, along with all the other applicants, and with a little bit of luck the Copelands were selected.

The old house on the property was torn down and the new house began going up on November 8th. Amber Copeland said her children are just as excited for the new home as she and her husband are."They're really looking forward to this because they'll have their own yard to play in. They will have their own rooms," said Amber.

The home is expected to completed in January or February.

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