Woman feels blessed as Habitat helps build her home

Published 05/04 2013 10:03PM

Updated 05/06 2013 01:02PM

CHAMPAIGN -- A national movement helped make one local woman's dream come true. For the first time, she'll be a homeowner. Dozens grabbed hammers and hard hats to build a place for her and her family.

They were mostly women geared up for Habitat for Humanity's National Women Build Week. Thousands of ladies all over the country rocked the pink hard hat for a cause to make a house a home for hundreds of families to come.

"Just to see everybody coming together as a community to help. They don't even know me. They just met me today and they're still willing to volunteer their time."

Tamika Dorris is a single mom of five.

"Just trying to make it, make ends meet."

With every day, comes a new struggle. But, Saturday was different. It was a new beginning

"It is such a blessing, and oh my gosh, just a wonderful experience."

It's a sound that can be heard nationwide. Thousands of women all over the country are building homes.

"I feel like I'm doing something really important."

It's a first-time experience for volunteer Mary Emmons.

"It's something some of us take for granted. Not everybody has this opportunity to have a home. I'm all for helping women better their lives."

"They're doing it because they love it and they're so excited to help me. They have the best attitude in the world."

Saturday, the construction site was on Beech Street. But, in months, thanks to women who want to make a difference, it will be transformed into a home for Dorris and her family.

"I feel blessed."

Next week, the group puts the roof on Dorris' home. It will be done in August.

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