Local residents benefit on World Habitat day 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The familiar sounds of construction on Longwood View on Saturday came as music to the ears of Shawnte Green.

"I am very excited I can almost burst thinking about it," said Green.

Since 1989 Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge has put a roof, walls and siding around 280 families just like Shawnte's. About 2,200 volunteer hours go into one house alone and that is certainly not lost on the woman who will soon call it home.

"I was nervous at first. I kept passing by saying I can't believe this is my house and then I brought my boys by last night and I shed a tear and they were excited picking their rooms out," added Green. "It's a reality now and I'm excited about it."

Shawnte's home will be just one of 500,000 houses that Habitat has built worldwide and while the Habitat movement has become a massive undertaking, local organizers say each and every project is part of that success.

"We help one family at a time and that family helps another family because they pay mortgage every month and that goes into a fund and with that money we help build more homes," said executive director Lynn Clark.

A process that those involved say not only strengthens the Habitat foundation but also the people it serves.

"The homeowner is not only helping to build their house they are purchasing that house," said Clark. "They are paying property taxes they are going to buy insurance, they are contributing members of society and that's really important."

That is certainly important to Shawnte, who is both grateful and anxious to begin her new life.

"Anything is possible just keep your prayers anything is possible."

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