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February 6-- A Vidalia family has a home thanks to their own work and the Vidalia Area Habitat for Humanity.

"It's very important because it's a vital way for a family to have a home which they wouldn't be able to buy off the regular market," says local Habitat President Raymond Turner.

{mosimage}The newest house is the home of the Kenneche Johnson family at the corner of Peacock Street and Fifth Avenue in Vidalia.

"They appreciate it because they know that without volunteers and without people helping they wouldn't have a home to stay in," Turner says and he notes Habitat families have to put at least 500 hours of labor into the home they will own or for a future Habitat house for another family.

The Vidalia Habitat group is planning on building its tenth house in 2012 and Turner is asking for volunteers.

"We have somebody on site with the expertise to build the house, but we need people to volunteer their labor.  They do painting, hang sheet rock,frame the house, landscaping and insulatioin," he says.