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Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives: A Woman's Place Is...Building A Home

Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives
A Woman's Place Is...Building A Home
by William Bulla

Women do not need to wait for others to solve the problem of substandard housing in Washington County! Habitat For Humanity of Washington County enables women to be part of the solution...now...one house at a time! The Women Build program brings individuals and groups of women together to create something very special, while engaging in activities that inspire a sense of community and personal accomplishment. Hundreds of Habitat homes have been built in the United States by all-women crews.
Construction is a male dominated field, and Women Build is not about excluding men, it's about including women. It's about making a comfortable working and learning environment for women. When women come together in such an environment, the results are amazing. Men are often involved with training and guidance, plus being involved in support and leadership roles.
The Women Build program is nationally underwritten by Lowe's home improvement stores. Our local Lowe's helps by providing training on basic residential construction techniques, the proper use of tools, and basic site safety guidelines.
Children are the single largest age group living in poverty. In Washington County, more than 11,000 people, half of which are children, are living in poverty conditions. Most of these households are single parent homes, with female heads of household. The women know that the need is great, but that it can be met. They are focused on the problems of how children are affected by these living conditions. Women Build challenges and empowers women to build safe housing where children can flourish and grow. Without a decent place to live, people cannot be productive members of society, children cannot learn, and families cannot thrive.
Women Build was responsible for one of the houses erected and put under roof during the April Blitz Build on Vicki Drive in the Gateway Crossing development. The women are still working inside the house doing the finishing work. They are excited about what they have accomplished to date. They are already planning to raise funds for their next house. Other women can get involved. There's something for everyone...skilled and unskilled. If you don't think you want to climb ladders and drive nails, consider one of the many other tasks. You can help with fundraisers recruiting, obtaining donated and discounted building supplies, working with the family, preparing lunches for construction days and many other projects.
Habitat For Humanity of Washington County is proud of its Women Build team. It is showing the community what a group of dedicated, compassionate women can do! Why don't you consider joining them in their quest to build homes and rebuild lives?
For more information on Women Build, or to join the group, please call Sherry Brown Cooper, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Washington County at 301-791-9009.

William L. Bulla is a freelance writer residing in Washington County.

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