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Women work to make a difference in Mobile County

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Americorps members from around the southeast work along with local volunteers to build multiple houses in Mobile County for the Americorps Build-a-Thon.

Katreca Dixon shares her two-bedroom mobile home in Mobile, Ala., with her two sons, ages 6 months and 14. Weak floors and plumbing problems, on top of the overcrowding, spurred Dixon to apply for a Habitat house in January.

Dixon is eager to get into her more secure Habitat home. Her home is a Women Build house, sponsored by Lowe’s, national underwriter of Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program. Many local Lowe’s employees have helped Dixon with the construction of her home, along with other women volunteers. “My house is special,” Dixon says. “Women, we tend to be perfectionists—I’ll have the strongest house on the block!”

About 40 Lowe’s employees worked on Dixon’s house over the course of one week, during the “blitz build” kickoff of Women Build’s “First Families Building Homes Across America” initiative. Three state first ladies—Patsy Riley of Alabama, Janet Huckabee of Arkansas and Karen Baldacci of Maine—also worked on the house. Through “First Families,” Women Build will encourage female governors and first ladies in all 50 U.S. states to work on a Habitat site in their home state.

Meanwhile, Dixon encourages others to be a part of rebuilding the Gulf Coast. “It makes my head spin…. There’s always something to do.

“I just want to say to all of the volunteers, ‘Thank you for helping us build our home.’”