Two months ago, Wade and Shalina Gibson learned that Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter would be leading the volunteer team helping to build their house. "That was a shock," says Wade. "It seemed like a dream."

The dream became real this week, as the Gibsons worked alongside the Carters to construct their new house.

And how do they like the end result? "We like the color," says Wade. "We like the siding, the vinyl flooring, the ceiling fans are beautiful. And I like the special railing Mr. and Mrs. Carter thought up because they love porches, too."

The Gibsons also are excited by other changes their new house and neighborhood will bring. "I can enjoy playing oustide with my children now. There were a lot of drugs [where we lived before]... now I can come out in the yard and enjoy playing with the family. I can stay in my driveway and wash my vehicle. It's the American dream."

Now that the siding is installed, the roof shingled, the interior walls painted and the flooring put in, the Gibsons are eager to move in. "We're packed up" says Shalina.

"I grew up in this area," adds Wade. "I was born here, I used to stay in this neighborhood, so I'm coming back home."

Other Stories from the 1998 JCWP
JCWP Homeowners:
Betty and Seff Polk
What does a Habitat house mean? "It's God's love, and a new foundation for the family," says Betty Polk.

More stories:
John and Belvin Richard
Nancy Rosas
Olga Martinez
JCWP Volunteers:
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter
The former U.S. President and First Lady have led the Habitat build bearing their name every year since 1984.

More stories:
Eunita Shields
First Ladies for Habitat
Joanne and Greg Janson
Campus Chapters
JCWP Behind the Scenes:
Food Service
How do you provide food and water to thousands of people for a week? Becky Neuhaus knows who to ask.

More stories:
The Green Team
Security Volunteers
First Aid
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