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West side woman surprised with new home

Neighbors had been meeting to discuss the West End area, and how changes in development and rising housing and upkeep costs were affecting many homeowners in the area. They wanted to support people who'd lived in the area a long time.

SAN ANTONIO — Katie Cole's house burned down in 2014. Four years and seven months later, she was surprised at the sight of a fully finished new home built with love, by her church family and volunteers who formed the West End Housing Initiative to support homeowners in the West End and preserve the historic neighborhood.

"This the culmination of love, and just showing neighbors can help neighbors," Chuck Bayne said.

Bayne said neighbors had been meeting to discuss the West End area, and how changes in development and rising housing and upkeep costs were affecting many homeowners in the area. They wanted to support people who'd lived in the area a long time. While discussing, they learned the struggle Cole was facing financially after a fire burned her home down- and they decided to take it upon themselves to help.

The group, along with volunteers, family and friends from Cole's church, donated time. Home Depot donated materials and pledged to give her a washer and dryer. Saturday, she got to see the fully finished home just days before Christmas- and everyone celebrated together.

To learn more about the West End Housing Initiative, click here.