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Two Macon women had an extra hand in the process. They helped build their houses through the Macon Area Habitat for Humanity Project.

Wynetta Thomas has only been a homeowner at this brand new place on Rose Avenue for a month and two days, but she says she's already built a slew of memories there with her children.

"Once you paint these doors, something you did, it kind of brings more meaning to the house," Thomas said.

She's proud of the hand she had in the home's completion.

Watts says Habitat for Humanity is a hand-up and not a handout, and Nikki Porcher says that's what makes the program work.

It's something the organization is trying to continue with its "Priceless Gifts" campaign, which seeks to build 10 new homes in Lynmore Estates this year.

That'll take about $460,000.

"It's just incentive for families in Lynmore Estates to take more pride not only in their house, but in their neighborhood, too," Nikki Porcher said.

Kenya Dennis also owns a Habitat Home. She says she had her doubts about the program, but now, "I would encourage anyone, a single mom with kids, even a married couple, to just give Habitat for Humanity a chance," Dennis said."

It's a chance Thomas says she's glad she took.

"I always dreamed of having a home," she said. "I didn't know it was going to turn out like this, but to actually put some work into it, you appreciate it more, to work hard for it, and it's a wonderful feeling. It's a wonderful feeling."

The Macon Area Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors adopted the Lynmore Estates neighborhood in 2005. The organization has built 40 homes there so far.

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