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Habitat Home built on MLK Day of Service

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Employees from the Attorney General's Office and Mississippi Department of Transportation joined Habitat front office workers on MLK Day of Service building a new home in the Englewood Garden Subdivision. Employees from the Attorney General's Office and Mississippi Department of Transportation joined Habitat front office workers on MLK Day of Service building a new home in the Englewood Garden Subdivision.
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Jackson has completed 22 homes in the neighborhood where 26 are planned. Habitat for Humanity of Metro Jackson has completed 22 homes in the neighborhood where 26 are planned.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

State workers spent the Martin Luther King Holiday helping to improve the lives of others.

Employees from the Attorney General's Office and Mississippi Department of Transportation joined Habitat front office workers on MLK Day of Service building a new home in the Englewood Garden Subdivision.

Soon, Pedro and Shawn Galloway will be moving into a home being built on Englewood Street in west Jackson.

"We come from apartments [with] some real deplorable instances," said Shawn Galloway.

It's the couple's first house with their three children, and they're putting in the sweat equity and realizing the American dream.

"It's a special day because it's Martin Luther King's birthday and also the president's inauguration. It means a lot for us being homeowners...being a married couple, young and just trying to move forward with positive things in our lives," said the hopeful Jackson mother.

Habitat for Humanity of Metro Jackson has completed 22 homes in the neighborhood where 26 are planned.

On the morning of the MLK Holiday the future Galloway home was basically a slab, but as the sun faded the frame and roof emerged, another sign of rejuvenation for this community.

"This is our third house. It was just some boards standing, some framing when we got here today, and now it really looks like a home, and I'm just so happy for them. The A.G.'s Office and MDOT are so proud to be a part of this," said Pam Brooks with the Attorney General's Office who also works in MDOT'S legal department.

The City of Jackson and the Mississippi Development Authority also provided funding.

"We started building in October 2011, construction on the first house down on the corner, and before that this was an illegal dump about three years ago. And, it really has risen out of the ash heap," said Cindy Griffin, Executive Director with Habitat for Humanity Metro Jackson.

Habitat plans to have the house completed and the family moved in by the end of March.

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