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Making a Difference: Habitat for Humanity

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A bunch of people have been Making A Difference for over 25 years. They have not only changed lives, but changed families and made a difference in entire communities.

A west Jackson neighborhood sits on property that, just a few years ago, had become an illegal garbage dump among other things.  

"Where you had trash and furniture, carcasses of animals, nefarious activity. Crime," said Cindy Griffin, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of the MS capitol area. "It was kind of a scary place."  

But now, there are houses and families and people living here who have plans for their future. And the big difference is Habitat for Humanity. They acquired the property, and volunteers came in and started building houses and the people who are buying these houses helped build them and turned a eye-sore into an island of dreams come true.  

"It has made a big difference in my life and my husbands life because we've always wanted to become homeowners," said Shameka Allen.  And with the help of Habitat for Humanity, we are now able to own our own home and not have to rent anymore." 

"So now you have school busses coming through here and policemen doing their normal route and children riding their bikes and playing on skateboards and families making homes," added Griffin.

And as a tangible sign things change where habitat goes, the corner of Wood and Ash was arguably one of Jackson's most dangerous places just a few years ago. Now, it is a quiet residential area thanks to city officials who have an aggressive policy against crime.

But also take a look. This area is now sprinkled with habitat houses, new ones and renovations on Wood Street under construction today. The presence of people who are here to make a place, a home, makes a difference.  

"So it's a win-win," said Griffin. "It's a win for the community because we are taking derelict abandoned property and putting them back on the tax rolls and we are putting families in a home and giving them an opportunity to be a homeowner and to build wealth." 

And a bunch of you individually or with your church or your company have pitched in with a saw or a hammer to help out habitat, and in the process, you have Made a big Difference, for all of us.

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