Home Builders Blitz Ends

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For an entire week, a common cause has brought construction competitors together. Now 10 families are reaping the benefits.

The city of Bryan will have several new homeowners, thanks to Habitat for Humanity. On Monday the home builders blitz began. By Friday 10 homes for low income families were built.

Ten months ago Jakisha Hayes and her family were trying to salvage what they could after their New Orleans home was destroyed by hurricane Katrina. Now she's preparing to move into a new home in Bryan.

"It's very exciting. We're so appreciative for everything. Everybody has come out to help us do the house and everybody has been so supportive and it's just been wonderful," said Hayes.

The Hayes family and nine others will be part of a new neighborhood called Angel's Gate. Thousands of hours of work went into making the home building frenzy possible.

"We spent nine months planning so we could do this in a week, and it's been wonderful. We've got eight builders coming together with habitat and the home builders association and we all got it to come together," said Keith Ellis with Ellis Custom Homes.

From the walls being raised to the grass being laid, families who received new homes worked along side builders and volunteers. They gradually saw their dreams turn into reality with every step.

"How amazing to see everyone come together and get this thing done in a week," said Ellis.

The homes were dedicated and the keys were handed the new homeowners Friday evening.