2003: A home of their own in Anniston

“When I found out I was going to be part of the Carter Project, oh, I was overwhelmed,” recalls Lakeitha Jones. “Excited, overwhelmed, at a loss for words — everything all wrapped up in one.” Her Anniston, Alabama, home was one of 92 Carter Work Project homes built during that year’s event in Anniston and the Georgia cities of La Grange and Valdosta.

Though she was pregnant with daughter India at the time, Jones worked all week, doing what she could. “At the end of the week, I was still ready to do more. It was just fun and exciting, and I didn’t want it to end.” Now, she half-jokes that her favorite thing about her house is having two bathrooms, as India and her 12-year-old sister Jada are getting older.

“I’m just glad that my daughters can grow up here,” says Jones. “I used to live in housing projects, so I was glad to be able to come out of those and actually raise my girls in a home — one that we can call our own, one that we own.”