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Habitat For Humanity/Schneider Electric Team-Up In St. Martin

Anika Davis and her daughter Alexis have waited 11 years for a home to call their own. Although, they were not directly affected by Katrina, owning a home has always been Anika's dream.

"I'm just so excited.  You wouldn't know what it will feel like unless you were in my shoes to be a first-time homeowner. I'm so excited and thankful for that," says Davis.

Anika Davis has Habitat for Humanity and Schneider Electric North America to thank for making her dreams come true.

"At the house dedication, it's going to be a great moment. There won't be a dry eye in the house," says Dave Petratis, CEO Schneider Electric.

Schneider Electric is building five other homes in the Sweet Briar subdivision off Rosemont Street in St. Martin. Petratis says rebuilding the Gulf Coast should be "the top" national priority.

"I'm amazed, as we go through a presidential election, there's not more dialogue about the needs here on the Gulf Coast. I find it unacceptable it's not on the national agenda to get this area rebuilt and get people back in homes."  

As the move-in date draws closer, Alexis says she already has plans on how to make her room her own.

"Every wall will be a different color. It'll be pink, blue, yellow and green, and then it'll just be girly. I'll have a reading area and a study area."

"We just can't wait to move in and just walk outside in the morning.  I am blessed, and I want to thank all the volunteers out here," says Anika Davis.

The Davis family will move in sometime in March. The other homes should wrap up in about three months. Schneider Electric donates the electrical equipment for Habitat homes nationwide and has pledged an impressive $7 million to rebuild the Gulf Coast.

By: Krystal Allan

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