Quiana Phillips was sitting in class at Miller-Motte College in March 2011 when she received a call on her cellphone from an unknown number.
Phillips was a full-time student at Miller-Motte in Raleigh by night — and a full-time employee at UNC’s Campus Health Services by day.
Glancing down at her phone, she ignored the call.
But when the number called back again minutes later, she decided to step out of class to answer it — and what she heard on the other end of the line changed her life.
A Habitat for Humanity representative told her she had been selected from a pool of applicants to receive a house of her own.
“I just started screaming and crying in the bathroom at school,” said Phillips, who has since graduated college.
“A couple of my classmates came over to ask if I was OK, and I just yelled, ‘I got my house!’”
This weekend, UNC students worked to help build Phillips’ new Chapel Hill house and two others as part of Blitz Build, a volunteer event organized by UNC’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
The idea of the blitz is to make as much progress as possible building the house in a single weekend, said Madison Powers, co-chairwoman of the UNC chapter.