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Homeowner encourages others to get involved with Habitat

Detroit homeowner-to-be Tonya Hall clearly remembers the moment she found out that she had been approved for a Habitat house: “I was ecstatic,” she recalls. “I said, ‘Let me know what I have to do.’”

The construction of Tonya Hall's house got under way on Saturday in Detroit.

Tonya says that the sweat-equity hours she has invested in building her own house as well as other families’ houses is important to her: “How many people can say they actually helped build their own house? You can get tears in your eyes just standing here on the build site.”

Tonya says that her children are also excited about the fact that she is helping to build their house. “Before construction started we rode by the build site and they were like, ‘Where’s the rest of it?’” she says. “So I explained the process to them. Now they want to help, too.”

“It’s wonderful,” she continues. “I’ve already been talking to people about getting involved with Habitat. I know that I will continue to be part of this. I’d like to travel abroad to help.”

When asked about her feelings as construction begins, she says she is excited and eager to get started despite feeling a little under the weather: “I hurt my foot and I’m losing my voice, but I’m still ready to build.”

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