When LaToya Cooper walks into her new home this fall, it will be a dream come true.
One project at a time, she's making her dreams a reality.
"I feel it's like girl power," she said.
The single mom from Tennessee is helping to build her own home.
"It's amazing," she continued. "I didn't know we could do something like this."
That's why a dozen volunteers joined forces in Davenport on Thursday. This is Habitat for Humanity's National Women Build Week. It's hands-on work with lots of rewards.
"It's women working together to help other women," said volunteer Ellen Jorgensen. "It's very empowering."
Rita Ramos is back in action with her hammer. The 2012 home recipient is pitching in on the project. She knows first-hand about Habitat's impact.
"It takes a while," she said. "But it's rewarding in the end."
This build represents 20 years of success. It's Habitat's 81st house in the Quad Cities.
LaToya Cooper doesn't just watch. As part of the requirements, she'll work hard on the house, from start to finish.
"You've got to be very patient because it's a long process and a lot of work," she said.
Before lunch, they were already raising the first wall. It's a big accomplishment for these ladies.
For Cooper, turning this lumber into a new life, with help from her friends.
"I really appreciate all the women who dedicated their time and efforts toward making my dream come true," she concluded.
Friends who will make this house a real home.