Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives! They're Doing It Again!

Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives!
They're Doing It Again!
by William L. Bulla

They're doing it again! Yes, they're showing the community what a group of dedicated, compassionate women can do!
They're providing shelter for a family living in our community. A Habitat home is being built locally by members of Habitat for Humanity's Women Build program.
The team is a group of women from all walks of life willing to accept the many challenge's of physically building a house from start to finish.
Some of these women have worked on Habitat homes as volunteers alongside the men volunteers. They have gained some knowledge of the construction business. Many others, however, had to learn on the job. Some took special courses offered by Lowe's, the national underwriter of the Women Build program. They took classes that taught them to install windows, drive nails, saw lumber, hang siding, caulk seams, hang wallboard, and many other topics. They found new muscle aches, banged up fingers, experienced cuts and bruises, but conquered it all.
The local Habitat Women Build team is now building its fourth home since 2005. The home under construction is located at 1018 Lanvale Street. Two previous Women Build homes are on nearby Vickie Drive and Concord Street in the West End. The other is on Wayside Avenue near Fairgrounds Park.
Habitat for Humanity of Washington County, a non-profit Christian organization, touches many lives! It helps families to achieve the dream of owning a home. Habitat empowers low-income families by partnering with them to build decent, affordable housing. It provides a program where families seeking to own a home commit to 500-hours of "sweat equity" working alongside volunteers to build that home. Then they are allowed to purchase it at no profit and with zero interest loans, making payments they can afford. The majority of family members, whose lives improve through Habitat's housing, are children. For them, a decent place to live makes all the difference in the world.
Yes, they're doing it again! They're building homes and rebuilding lives?
The Women Build program is women who are determined to think outside the box, learn new skills, make a difference in the lives of children and families, and show that they are not only the main nurturers of the house, but can also build a house. It's a program that empowers women. All 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? Any women interested in becoming part of this exciting volunteer project may become part of it by contacting Habitat for Humanity office at 301-791-9009.

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