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Jimmy Carter Work Project 2003

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter takes a break from building to talk to the press in Anniston Monday.
Neighborhoods--taking shape

With rousing opening ceremonies behind them, Jimmy Carter Work Project volunteers and future homeowners headed out early Monday morning for a busy day of building in Anniston, Ala., and LaGrange and Valdosta, Ga. A recap of the day’s progress:

Anniston: Empty concrete slabs and piles of raw lumber were transformed into fully recognizable houses in less than a day’s time on Monday in Anniston. Excited volunteers rolled out of bed before sunrise to begin the first day of building in the Wellborn Manor neighborhood.

An inspiring devotions time started the day—and the rest of it was filled with the sounds of hammers and saws as an empty street became lined with houses.

In the midst of the building, President Carter held an on-site press conference. Carter will be building and speaking on behalf of Habitat at all three sites throughout the week.

Hot, tired, sore and sunburned volunteers called it a day with proud, albeit exhausted, smiles. The site is on track for house completions by Friday.

Valdosta: With the sun shining brightly on a still-muddy build site, construction that had started on Saturday continued Monday in Valdosta.

In the morning, volunteers were putting on shingles, and affiliate executive director Ralph Jackson said all should be finished by the end of the day.

By lunch, drywall was hung in about half of the houses and vinyl siding was appearing on some of the houses, as well.

en volunteers arrive on site Tuesday morning, they can expect to find all drywall hung, and on some of the houses volunteers will be ready to tackle cabinets and other interior work.

LaGrange: Under a second day of sunny skies, volunteers and homeowners in LaGrange compensated for Saturday’s sogginess and returned almost every house to “on-schedule” status.

Five to six houses were a few hours behind with roofing, but overall, the site was in good shape, according to block leader Randy Hall.

“Considering the rain we had on Saturday, we are very comfortable with that,” he says.

Shingles crept up roofs while insulation and drywall were being installed inside. A team of inspectors on site has kept the process moving smoothly, and a few houses’ building teams even were able to start hanging siding ahead of schedule.

Tuesday’s schedule calls for volunteers and homeowners to hang siding and finish roofing while professional drywall finishers work inside.

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