There were hammers. There were saws. And there were nail guns. It was all a part of the AmeriCorps help offered to Meridian's Habitat for Humanity. The two organizations partnered to build a new home for the community.
"We've done everything. The siding; we're going to be starting roofing soon. We're almost done with all of the outside housing and we're going to start inside soon," said Ashley Kovech, AmeriCorps volunteer.
The partnership is a two-month project. Already, the staff has worked diligently to the half way point.
"We've been working for about a month now. So we have one month. Hopefully we're going to finish this house and go on to the next house and get half way through that one."
Eight hours of intense labor every day can become difficult to say the least. AmeriCorps workers said it's all worth it knowing a family will have a home.
"But actually knowing April, the person we're building the house for, meant a lot, meant a lot for me, just knowing how sweet she is and appreciative of everything that we're doing here," said Jordan Zamarron, AmeriCorps volunteer.
"It's awesome. It makes it a lot more exciting to see the person we're making the house for," said Kovech. "She comes every day and takes pictures of us and stuff. You can tell she's really grateful."
The staff told us they basically have built the entire house. Everything is up to them, except for the foundation.