Construction crews began work Saturday, raising walls and roof trusses on 25 houses.
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Sumter County Fact:

Sumter County, Ga., is home to Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter as well as Habitat for Humanity International.

Nathan and Brenda Poole will own one of the 25 Habitat houses being built during this week's Easter Morning Build.
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Volunteers Pour in for 1999 Easter Morning Build

For the second year in a row, Habitat volunteers, staff and partner families have joined forces in the Easter Morning Community -- just north of Americus, Georgia -- and are moving 25 steps closer to erasing poverty housing in Sumter County.

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Pre-Building Paves Way for Blitz

Habitat*AmeriCorps members and other volunteers worked for months to prepare the build site. Crews surveyed the land, dug 4,000 feet of footings and laid 12,364 concrete blocks. Others worked for hours cutting lumber and building the 624 trusses needed to uphold 25 roofs.

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Heard on the Work Site:

"Working with Habitat has been even more rewarding than we ever thought. When we got involved in building, we expected it to be fun, but we've since enjoyed reflecting on how inspiring it is to work [in this ministry] with such good people. It's truly been a warm experience."
- Audrey Ussery, Lompoc, Calif., who for the second straight year has made the 3,000-mile trek to EMB with her husband, Bernie.

"I'm just so excited to be getting out of my apartment and into my new house. [The EMB] has already been such a great experience, to work such friendly people from all over -- I've never seen anything like it."
- Angela Mitchell, Habitat homeowner, Americus, Ga.

"I've been working with Habitat since 1992, and it's so fulfilling to know that what you're doing is helping someone have a nice home to live in. It gives you a really warm feeling."
- U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop

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