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"Building blitz" on Holley Street in Biloxi is dream come true

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BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

The Women in Construction program at Moore Community House in Biloxi kicked-off a "building blitz" early Monday morning.

Students from that program, along with a team of volunteers, are building a new house in just one week.

It represents a dream come true for a single mom who lost her home in Hurricane Katrina.

A dedicated and determined work team is making things happen on Holley Street. The group of construction students and volunteers have just five days to finish their "building blitz".

"It feels good to be out here with this team and be able to help them come back," said Shatara Tims, a student of the construction program.

Soon-to-be home owner, Jana Gonzalez, is pinching herself in between cries.

"I'm just overwhelmed. I've cried four times already. I told them, this is just the start, start of the crying," she said.

She bought a small home on this same lot in the Summer of 2005 and hadn't even made the first payment, when Hurricane Katrina ripped it apart.

Being chosen for the "building blitz" was an unexpected dream come true.

"They kept saying, ‘Is it getting real? Is it getting real?' Cause I wouldn't allow myself to get excited. Now, today, my cup runneth over. I'm so excited. I can't hardly stay still," she said.

Amy Wiles is among the volunteer team from Kaiser Permanente, a health care insurance group.  It's her third trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to help with Katrina relief.

"It's like my center every year to come down here and gain my perspective of what's important. And get my spirit back, cause the people down here in Mississippi have amazing spirit," she explained.

That spirit will help the team maintain its ambitious building blitz schedule.

"It takes a lot of energy. And these volunteers have been wonderful from Kaiser Permanente. They're ready to do this house. They're ready to finish it. So far, so good and we're going to finish this house in a week," said Julie Kuklinski with the Women In Construction program.

The dedication ceremony is set for Friday afternoon.

Women in Construction also has several other partners on the project. INL Construction is the contractor on the job and the Gulf Coast Community "Design Studio" created the plans for the house.

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