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Women of Habitat for Humanity build new home for Tallahassee family

Turning a house into a home
Posted at 5:34 AM, May 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 05:34:11-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — One Tallahassee mom and her children can now call a new house home, thanks to Habitat for Humanity and a lot of girl power.

On the surface, it's just a house. There's a garden, a bathroom, a bedroom, a kitchen.

But what makes it a home?

"It makes it even more special when you take the time to be here every Saturday, to nail every nail, to see the walls go up, the frame. It makes it that much more special when you put the hard work into it," said Jessica Williams, Homeowner.

Jessica Williams, her children, and volunteers from Habitat for Humanity spent weeks building not just a house, but a home.

"We've had countless Saturday mornings here, dragging these children out of the bed. But they're more excited than me believe it or not," said Williams.

Finally, the Williams family is turning the key to open a new chapter of their lives.

"I really am just so happy," said Williams.

In a crowd of family, friends, and fellow home builders, Jessica Williams is starting a new life in her new home.

"Without further ado, I'd like to invite you inside our forever home for light refreshments," said Williams.

An invitation that wouldn't be possible without the Big Bend Habitat for Humanity.

"It gives families like mine a dream to become a homeowner. To be a part of the American Dream," said Williams.

To get the keys to a house, you have to put in the work not only building your house, but helping to build others.

"A house is just 4 walls, it's a cold structure. Sticks and bricks. A home is a house with love in it," said Antoine Wright.

During construction, the workers used the motto 'She Nailed It'.

Williams fits the motto figuratively, but there's a literal sense there as well.

"Theres no better job than the touch of a woman making sure everything is put together exactly right and how the home will be put to use in the future."

It was the team's first house built by women.

And now this single mom and her two kids are ready to turn that house into home.