DENVER (CBS4) – Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver celebrated a milestone on Tuesday. The group dedicated its 20th home built by women only.

Christie Sprinkle is moving into the home located at 1st Avenue and Julian Street in Denver. She also swung a hammer to make the new home happen.

The ribbon was cut and she got the key at 6 p.m. Now she will have a home all her own for the holidays.

“I’m ecstatic, can’t you tell,” Sprinkle said.

The two bedroom duplex is the first home the 42-year-old grocery clerk can call her own.

“Words can’t even explain how I feel right now,” she said.

Spotless walls, sparkling fixtures — it’s a new start for Sprinkle. She’s finally clean after years of drug abuse.

“I wake up every day just grateful.”

Now Sprinkle is a woman on her feet thanks to other women who used their hands.

“It’s a great way to bring women out and teach them new skill sets and get them swinging hammers and more involved in that way,” Robyn Burns with Habitat for Humanity said.

Sprinkle herself put in 100 hours on the house.

“They told us one day put the nails every six inches,” Sprinkle said. “When we put the floor in we put them every three, so I’ll never have a squeak.”

She’s worked more than a 150 hours on other homes.

Sprinkle’s new address is just 2 miles from her job and 4 miles from church. But it’s a world away from her troubled past.

In her warm and sunny home, the future is bright.


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