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Building things up

For Vickie Brown, keeping a positive attitude and being a good role model for her five children is the most important thing. She knows that will be easier when they move out of the Benton Harbor housing projects where they have lived for the past seven years.

"It can get hard out here," Vickie shares. In the past her family has been shot at, and there are frequently confrontations among residents. The police are called almost daily to the area.

Vickie Brown will be happy to move her children out of the housing projects where they currently live.

"I don't let my babies go outside," she says. "We go to work and school and church—and come straight home."

When Vickie was taking some classes to help get her credit in order, a financial adviser suggested she apply for a Habitat house. "I'm a true believer in God," Vickie says. "I already knew in my heart the Lord was going to bless me. I'd been praying, and if God says it, that settles it!"

Sure enough, Vickie was accepted to partner with Harbor Habitat for Humanity during the Jimmy Carter Work Project.

"It's a blessing, it's an honor," Vickie says of participating. "We're building things up. What could be greater than that?"

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