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Dozens of Women Take Part in Women Build Week

URBANA--"This is a wonderful opportunity for me and my family. It's a wow. It's a great. it's a blessing." said Tamika Dorris.

She is a single mother of five who has worked to give her children everything she could.

"Just me struggling. I've always worked two jobs to be able to make ends meet for me and my children. And so, this will be just a big break for me." Dorris said.

Saturday, she joined hundreds of volunteers to build a place she can finally call home.

"There's usually lots of tears, and gratitude, and disbeleif. And it's amazing the transformation owning a home will make in their lives." said Champaign County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director, Sheila Dodd.

Saturday's build also brought dozens of women to the work site for National Women Build Week, which asks women to pick up a hammer and get building to help others.

"We've provided instruction on how to frame a wall, how to put shingles on a roof, how to do our siding, and safety with power tools." said Women Build Chairperson, Paula Ogle.

"You could just kind of see the light bulbs go off. Ok it's not that difficult, it's a pretty easy thing and i understand how to do it now. And you know what, I'm empowered." said Champaign Lowe's Store Manager, Dan Waler.

The store provided a training workshop to the volunteers before they started working at the jobsite.

Whether it's a large group of women volunteers putting their new skills to work, or the experienced builders lending a hand, in the end it all comes down to making a dream come true for a family that appreicates it all.

"I drive past everyday just to see what new has happened on the house." Dorris said.

The Champaign County Habitat for Humanity says this home should be ready for the Dorris' by middle of September.