LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - For 34-year-old Kelly Follie this is a dream come true. She's on the path of owning her first home.
"I've build my own house," Follie said.
Being a single mother of two children, Follie never imagined she would one day call herself a homeowner.
"When I got here it was a slab. So from the slab to this, I was right in the middle hammering nails and holding up Sheetrock," Follie said as she looked over at her future home.
Follie learned these skills as part of Women Build Day on Saturday, an event combining efforts from Lowe's and Habitat for Humanity. More than fifty women helped kick off the first event.
The volunteer group alongside Lowe's Heroes helped make some final touches on a home being given to this East Texas single mother.
"It's about community. It's about partnership. There are so many entities that are here today," said Terri Cawley, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Angelina County.
Part of the community included an appearance from Mayor Bob Brown, Councilmember Robert Shankle, and the Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches.
The program invites women to devote at least one day to help families build strength and stability for independent housing.
"As they (homeowners) get approved, before we start on their home they have to put hundred hours on someone else's. So the idea of pay it forward, helping others, partnership, community, all of that is there," Cawley said.
The event is meant to shine a spotlight on the home ownership challenges some women face.
"It empowers them. A lot of the women here went to Lowe's clinic two weeks ago and learned how to put up and install Sheetrock," Cawley said.
As for Follie, she plans to pay it forward by helping others.
"You pull me up, I pull somebody else up and we all can get up there and have opportunities that we didn't know that would be possible for us," Follie said.
The family's home will be complete in the fall.
More than 98,000 women across the country have volunteered with the Women Build program across the country to build previous homes.