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Habitat for Humanity Fulfills Couple's Dream

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SHERMAN, TX-- With each wall that Luke and Christina Shepherd raise, they get closer to fulfilling their dream of owning a home.

"Luke and Christina have wanted to own a home for a long time," said Laurie Mealy with Grayson County Habitat for Humanity.

This is the couple's fourth home to build for Habitat for Humanity, but this time, it's theirs.

"Helping other people on their houses is a great thing because you feel you're helping other people build their house with your own hands," said Christina Shepherd.

The couple has helped with other houses to eventually earn their own through what is called, "sweat equity" hours, but now they're hooked.

"You build a house, and then you meet the new homeowners and hear their story. Before too long, that house turns into a home: not just a house. Once it turns to that, you're almost hooked on Habitat," said Luke Shepherd.

The Shepherds need this home for their family of four, as they're currently cramped in a small apartment.

"In their situation, their daughter and son are sharing their bedroom, which is really not appropriate for children their age. So they need to be in a home where there's more space," Shepherd said.

Habitat for Humanity depends on volunteers to build homes, and no experience is required.          

"A lot of people take off work and take time off and they don't get anything out if it but helping other people who need it," said Shepherd.

The couple's dream home should be completed by the end of June.

"They're very excited about their house and excited to watch it go up, and excited to help build it," said Mealy.

Habitat for Humanity is still looking for more volunteers to help families in need in Texoma.

"Part of the idea of Habitat for Humanity is not just building houses. We're building neighborhoods and we're building communities," Mealy said.

If you would like to volunteer, you can visit their website at www.graysonhabitat.org.