Homeless Volunteers Help Build Home for Family

Family says home is dream come true

By Tammy Mutasa
|  Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012  |  Updated 5:01 PM CDT
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Nancy Avalos will soon have a new home tanks to volunteers from Back on My Feet, a homeless shelter that works with Habitat for Humanity to give back.

Tammy Mutasa, NBC 5 Garland Reporter

Nancy Avalos will soon have a new home tanks to volunteers from Back on My Feet, a homeless shelter that works with Habitat for Humanity to give back.

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Volunteers from a Dallas homeless shelter are working with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a family close to becoming homeless.

Bill Grenade, an Army veteran who lives at Back on My Feet’s homeless shelter, said he is giving back the help he’s needed, too.

"That's what America is all about -- volunteering and helping your fellow American to rise up from wherever you've gone, whether it's negative or positive in your life,” he said. “ We all need each other."

Since 2008, Nancy Avalos, her two girls and her husband have been renting a room in her mother’s house.

"This is like a dream come true, to have our own home,” Avalos said.

"I am happy to be here and say thank you to everybody,” she said.

This is the first time Dallas-based nonprofit Back on My Feet has worked with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Garland.

Back on My Feet's members are raising their confidence along with beams for the house.

"That brings up my self-esteem," Grenade said. "I'm getting goose bumps talking about this right now."

Habitat for Humanity started building the Avalos house in June. More than a dozen different organizations will pitch in until the home is completed before Christmas.

"I know it means so much to them because they don't have a home, but I hope that one day they will have one," Avalos said. "Everybody deserves one."

The group is currently working on three homes in the Garland area.

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