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Habitat provides Wake school bus driver, family with place to call home

Posted March 27, 2017 5:30 p.m. EDT
Updated June 6, 2017 3:41 p.m. EDT

— The sound of hammers hitting nails is sweet music to Roxanne Harris, who has spent years hoping to own a home of her own.

Thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Wake County and the help of volunteers, she'll soon realize that dream.

"I'm excited. I'm just ready to start putting up the walls and move in," Harris said.

Harris is a bus driver for the Wake County Public School System.

She and her family of five live in an apartment, and at times, they've struggled to keep up with their bills.

That'll all change once her Habitat home is built. It's a project bringing together Harris' co-workers from across the school system.

"Home is so meaningful to folks. For people such as Roxanne, what we find is that their journey to home ownership has taken a lot of work. It's taken a lot of time," Kevin Campbell, the CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, said.

Harris says her home will help her provide a brighter future for her three daughters.

"It's going to mean a lot for my kids, for them to be able to play and run around and have a place to call home," she said.

In about two and a half months, Harris' home will be move-in ready.

Families receiving Habitat homes are required to make a small down payment on them, and they also spend hundreds of hours helping Habitat for Humanity.