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Habitat's 'Women's Build' making progress

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

What a difference a week makes. After a lot of man hours or woman hours in this case - Habitat For Humanity's Women's Build on North Simmons Street is taking shape.

"In five days of being on this project, we have finished the black-in. We have done a total black-in - in just five days. And our volunteers have been awesome," said Kim Lawson, Habitat For Humanity Build Coordinator.

Despite mother nature's attempt to rain on the progress the volunteers worked trough.

"We were chasing the weather last week. We had some bad weather come toward the beginning of the week. We were able to dodge the rain and in five days this is what they have done," said Brian Kingsnorth, Habitat For Humanity Construction Supervisor.

The three bedroom, two bathroom home will take at least another two months to be move-in ready for a single mother and her five children.

"She is my absolute hero. She not only works but goes to college. She is bettering herself for her and her family," said Jody Barrilleaux, Habitat For Humanity Family Selection Committee Chairperson.

Barrilleaux helps interview the potential applicants and explains that they must have a job and be willing to partner and help build the home.

"I love Habitat because it's a hand up not a hand out," said Barrilleaux.

As they finish up the exterior, the majority of the work will shift to the inside.

"It's moving along because when you get this type of response from the community coming out to help us - it's fantastic! There's nothing more rewarding than being able to work with those people the ones who come out and support us," said Kingsnorth.

Lowe's is Habitat's national sponsor on the Women's Build. The local store has not only donated materials but volunteers.

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