Habitat for Humanity builds four houses in Phenix City

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) -  Hammers are being heard in Phenix City as college students from across the country are now in the area, helping build new homes in the community.

Residents in one Phenix City neighborhood may have to put up with some noise for the next couple days, but it's all for a good cause.

"Four families are waiting to move into these houses. We need to finish two by the end of June and two by the end of December," explained Russell County Habitat for Humanity volunteer Lamar Power.

And the people who are picking up hammers aren't even home owners themselves, they're students.

Brianna Beukeboom said, "We do have fun here and we work hard but the reward is so great. To know we're pouring all our energy into it but at the end of it we get to see smiles on people's faces and we get to show what we are believing in."

Power added, "It's wonderful and it's very challenging to the older folks such as myself to keep up with these young folks. They come down with boundless energy and a willingness to work and they know and believe in the cause they're working for."

But it's not just students helping with the blitz build. Our neighbors to the north brought a church group to Phenix City to help. Patrick Rossiter came from Canada, "We're part of a church group in Ontario. I've been praying for three years to come down here and do this. This is a great cause whether it's the United States, Canada, wherever in the world. Habitat for Humanity is really an enjoyable thing to do."

Even though they aren't getting a tan on the beach for spring break, everyone can agree the weather is working in their favor.

"This year I made it a point. I wanted to do it. The weather is beautiful. It was snowing when we left so it's great to be here where it's warm. It has been an awesome time," Rossiter told News Leader Nine.

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