Family gets a Habitat home; Students pitch in

Family gets a Habitat home; Students pitch in

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Flint River Habitat for Humanity welcomed their first Hispanic family to their new Habitat home on  Martin Luther King Day.

The Gonzalez family, mother, father, and four children ranging in age from 14 to 5, got right to work doing the remodeling on their new home on Rosebrier Avenue in East Albany.  They moved from Mexico to Albany 15 years ago, and this will be the first home they will own.

"She feels that me and my siblings are going to have a better house and a better life.  She says thanks everybody that made this possible," said Neidaly Gonzalez.

In their remodeling, Habitat for Humanity will remodel the Gonzalez home with new paint, wood flooring, cabinets, and appliances. The family is scheduled to move in, in March.

Helping with the remodeling at the Gonzalez family were about a dozen Albany State University students.  They came out on this Martin Luther King, Jr. day to make it a day of service, instead of just a day off.

"Martin Luther King stood for helping out his fellow man.  Uplifting people.  And I think that is what we are doing today," said ASU Junior Willard Weston II.

"Come out and work with different cultures, backgrounds, and do something good for the community," said ASU senior Rebecca Boycard.

For many of the Albany State students, volunteering and helping the community is the best way to continue to teach the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.

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