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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  • by Carol Location: Wicksburg on May 12, 2008 at 08:16 AM
    I just want to thank each and everyone for coming out and supporting me this weekend. Besides turning my life over to the Lord and having my daughter, this was the most awesome day of my life. God has truly blessed me with wonderful family and friends. Everyone that came out worked so hard to get my house up. I can never thank everyone enough for all that they did for my daughter and I. God bless you all. I would like to thank my mother for supporting me and providing a place for my daughter and I to live until we can get a place of our own. There is so many special people to thank. Greg Davis for pushing me to apply for a Habitat house, Linda Ward for helping me with everything, Liz Tiller for helping me to get my hours in, Sabrina Kirkland for always being there to listen, help, support and cheer me on. All the wonderful people I have met since starting work at First United Methodist Church. Mr. Don Swanson for all his hard work. My sister Kim Hammack thanks for everyting.
  • by Terri Location: Dothan on May 11, 2008 at 08:28 PM
    This is one of the most awesome experiences I have ever had. Can we build it? YES WE CAN!
  • by dawn Location: rehobeth on May 11, 2008 at 11:39 AM
    i work with carol bonnor and theres no person more deserving of her own home than carol and her daughter. i wish the best for them!!!
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