Women for Habitat build home in Portland for single dad

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by Brooke Katz

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 8, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 8 at 6:01 PM

(WHAS11) -- Wielding hammers and power tools, a group of women are building a home for a single dad.

“My little girl will be happier than I will,” said Mark Neal, who will live in the home with his three-year-old daughter and 20-year-old son.

Neal is working with Habitat for Humanity to build his new home in the Portland neighborhood. His is the 16th one to be built by Women For Habitat.

“I think women are not only strong inwardly, but strong outward, and this is kind of proving it,” said Ellen Skomsky with Habitat.

Skomsky says the process Neal went through to get his home is a stringent one.

First, Neal had to be approved, meaning he’s not too much in debt and has a job so he can make house payments. Neal also has to partner with Habitat for up to 400 hours before he can move in. Neal has already racked up 200 hours and says he’s loving every minute of it. He also says he’ thankful for the women helping out his family.

“I appreciate all the work they’re doing for me, and one day I can return the favor for them,” said Neal.

Click here if you'd like to find out more about volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.

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