Habitat For Humanity Women's Build Week

By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

Woman power was in full force on Saturday in Newton when a group of ladies combined forces to raise the walls of a house.

Men weren't excluded from the site, but women- especially mothers and daughters-- were asked to participate for National Women's Build Week.

"These women are ready to work- they came here wholeheartedly and are getting the job done," said sales specialist Jennifer Scott.

Volunteer Coordinator Kendra Leonard says "We wanted to give the greatest gift of all… building a house for mom and daughter."

Carol Bonner and her 10-year-old daughter live in Wicksburg, but in about 20 weeks a home in Newton will be theirs.

"Words can't express how happy it makes me to know that Talor and I are finally going to have a home of our own.. She's already picked out stuff for her room,” said Bonner.

Project is made possible by a group who found women from churches, businesses and sororities.

Bridget Myracle, with Women Build Committee, said, “There's about 5 or 6 women on the committee and we raise 45,000 dollars in 18 months."

In order to receive a home- families must be living in substandard housing, donate 500 hours of their time, and be able to pay a low cost mortgage.

Resource Development Coordinator Sabrina Kirkland said, "We have families ranging from single males to grandparents with 6 children. its a wide open non discriminatory program."

Recipients of a home have to donate 500 hours of their time.

The development coordinator says that Carol has already given over one thousand hours of work over the past few years- making her more than qualified and deserving.

The Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity is always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in helping out with their next project, you can give them a call at 792-8453.

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