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Jaylon Hammonds, 3, holds hands with his mother, Francis White, during Sunday’s Athens-Limestone County Habitat for Humanity dedication of their home on Levert Avenue.
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Jaylon Hammonds, 3, holds hands with his mother, Francis White, during Sunday’s Athens-Limestone County Habitat for Humanity dedication of their home on Levert Avenue.

Habitat dedicates homes built by women, students
Family, wheelchair-bound woman moving into houses in Athens

By Kristen Bishop
kbishop@decaturdaily.com · 340-2443

ATHENS — A 7-year-old Athens girl, who has been sharing a room with her mother and 3-year-old brother, showed off her brand-new pink bedroom to friends Sunday.

Cameron White’s dream of having a princess-themed room came to life thanks to a group of women volunteers with Athens-Limestone County Habitat for Humanity.

The organization, whose mission is to provide homes for people who don’t qualify for conventional loans, dedicated two new houses on Levert Avenue during a ceremony Sunday afternoon.

The White’s three-bedroom home is a big step up from the two-bedroom apartment they currently share with Cameron’s aunt, said Francis White, Cameron’s mother.

The most exciting thing is that they’ll now have a yard where the children can play safely, said Francis White, who works at Wal-Mart in Athens.

The house has wood floors, new appliances and fixtures and a storage building in the back yard.

It was the first Habitat home in Athens built entirely by women, said Director Garth Lovvorn.

The second home, next door to the White’s, will belong to Sharon Collins, an arthritis sufferer confined to a wheelchair.

The two-bedroom house, constructed by students and teachers at the Athens Vocational Technical School, has a wheelchair ramp, new appliances and fixtures and a walk-in closet.

Volunteers with the Athens-Limestone County Habitat For Humanity usually build three houses per year, but Lovvorn said he hopes to add another home next year.

Pastors, ministers and deacons from Athens churches will begin construction on this year’s third home Sept. 1. They hope to have the house completed by Nov. 12.

Habitat for Humanity is calling it the “Apostle Build.

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