NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) – Dozens of volunteers spend Saturdays building so families can have homes of their own.
Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches has been serving the community for 14 years.
This year they took on a new challenge.
For the first time, two houses were dedicated for two different families, at the same time.
"It was a massive undertaking but it worked," said executive director of the Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches, Miki Lynn.
In a symbolic move, Maria Session and her family broke ground at their new home.
Maria has been living with her mother and five children in a small apartment.
"It's me and three kids actually sleeping in the same bed," she said.
Now she'll raise her family in a brand new home.
"I was actually blessed with my own home with no money up front, no money down and through the grace of God and Habitat, it's just been a change for my life," said Maria.
Her sons, 11-year-old Jaquaylin and 4-year-old Atlantiss can't wait to move into their soon to be Spiderman room.
"Now we got our own room. We can sleep whenever we want and after that we got a park straight up the street. Instead of just going outside to play we can go to the park," said Jaquaylin.
Just down the street, the Gallow family is ready to move into their first home.
"Without God we could not have gotten this today and I know where I've been and I know where he has brought me from so I'm blessed," said Linnie Gallow.
"I never thought we'd have a house of our own and it's very exciting to know that people just help you for nothing. Like our pastor did our ceramic tile in our kitchen and our bathroom for nothing and that's a blessing to know people care about you that much," said her daughter, 16-year-old De'dra Gallow.
Even after moving in, both families plan to continue working with Habitat on future homes, so others can be blessed with a place to call their own.
Lynn says each house was built with energy efficient appliances.
The families don't owe anything up front, but pay back a small mortgage over a 15 to 25 year period.
This money goes back into the Habitat building fund.