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Hard work will soon pay off for Benton Harbor homeowner

"We'll be close to the park," says April Mobley, talking about her new Habitat home. "And I'm looking forward to having a yard and being away from the traffic."

April Mobley and her son Courtney will enjoy the peace and quiet of their new home and neighborhood.

April's current rental home is on Main Street in Benton Harbor, and the small patch of grass between her front door and the busy road doesn't make her feel comfortable about her 4-year-old son Courtney playing outside. In the new Habitat neighborhood, though, there will be kids for Courtney to play with, and a safe place for them to do so.

Though it has been hard, April finished her sweat-equity hours almost three months before the Jimmy Carter Work Project blitz build week began. Juggling parenthood, a job and school—she's studying to become a radiologist—April managed her hours and even worked extra to help out others. She has done just about everything: painting, building walls, landscaping…everything but getting up on the roof. "I'm scared of heights," she laughs.

The best part of partnering with Habitat so far for April? "Watching other people get houses," she says. She has attended several dedication ceremonies of other homes built by Harbor Habitat for Humanity, and she eagerly awaits her own at the end of the blitz week.












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