Habitat for Humanity builds woman's home

Tuesday, September 9th 2008, 4:35 pm
By: News 9

By Kirsten McIntyre, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma City woman will soon have the keys to her first home.

The house is now under construction, but it's being built without any "man power".

Toni Jackson got the opportunity to show off her new home to Oklahoma's Lt. Gov. Jari Askins.

Habitat for Humanity made it possible for Jackson to own her new home.

"I never even thought it would be possible," Jackson said. "I hadn't given it any thought."

An all-women volunteer team built the home.

"It's just a wonderful ministry a wonderful way for people to get into homeownership," Ann Felton of HFH said.

One of the volunteers said the all-female team is especially special. It sent a message about empowered women.

In all, 75 women helped build the house. The team plans to finish the house in three weeks.

"It's an unbelievable feeling when the keys are handed over and she gets her house. It's so cool to see," Kevin Colburn of HFH said. "A very emotional time."

Until the home is complete, many people are chipping in, including Askins.

"This is an opportunity for woman to come together acquire some skills they may not have known they had," Askins said.

Jackson said she's thrilled it's her life these volunteers are building, as well as future memories with her family.

"The holidays I'm looking forward to family gatherings, birthday parties, picnics in the backyard," Jackson said. "It's going to be great."

In the past 18 years, HFH has built almost 500 homes in Central Oklahoma.

The homes are sold at cost, with no interest.