Volunteers build home for mom of 2 kids


Volunteers working on Keith's home

COWETA COUNTY, Ga. - Volunteers from across the nation came to Coweta County to build a Habitat for Humanity home.

Channel 2's Sophia Choi spoke to volunteers who said they're getting as much out of the work as the new homeowner. They're tearing it down to the bones to build a new home and Lisa Keith can't wait for it to happen.

"I can't believe it. It's just sweet, a great feeling," said Lisa Keith.

Keith and her two teenaged children will move into the Newnan home in just a few months, but first, she along with Habitat for Humanity volunteers must get it into shape.

"This is my first home. I've rented all my life," she said.

Much of the initial work will be done by 23 volunteers from the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

They're part of a leadership group from across the nation. Julie Ebersole of Phoenix joined the group in Coweta. She says this hard work will not only help the family who moves into the home, but her team as well.

"This entails trust. When you're pulling down heavy cabinetry, you have to trust your teammates. This is just a great way to end everything that we've learned in the last two years," said Ebersole.

Along with the sweat equity with all the hard labor happening in there, the hospital is also donating 15,000 for the Newan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat's Andy Ivey helped coordinate the huge effort.

"This was a foreclosed home, it was banked-owned. It was donated to us. And we're demolishing it. And we're going to finish it out, and it's going to be a beautiful home," said Ivey.

And a home Keith never thought she'd be able to own.

"I just want to say thank you to everybody for making this possible," Keith said.

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