ATLANTA - "This was a labor of love and I figured they didn't have to do it, but they did it because God laid it on their heart."
Richard Stubbs said he is grateful to the volunteers who have taken the time to build he and his wife, Valeria, their very first home.
Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, Dunwoody United Methodist Church and 11Alive rolled up their sleeves to help build a home on the 100 block of Gaslight Lane NW.
"Typically we do it in 8 weeks. Eight build days spread out, one Saturday each week. This house is a blitz house and so we started April 27th and we will finish May 6th," said Alex Cook, the House Leader for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. "This was a donated piece of property form Atlanta GasLight. We have over 40 houses out here that are all habitat, so all the home buyers have been through the same qualification process, met all of the same requirements."
Over 5,000 families a year apply for a house and in the end, only 40 to 50 homes are built each year.
Valeria and Richards have been married for 26 years. Richard served in the U.S. Marines for 10 years. While his health and life's hardships have taken a hit over the years, he said it's all worth it to get to be able to obtain the American dream.
"We are going to live and grow older together and that's what I'm so happy about," Valeria said.
Dunwoody United Methodist Church raised the money to pay for this Habitat home. The team from Atlanta Alive joined other volunteers to make it happen.