National Women Build Week 2016

NATIONAL WOMEN BUILD WEEK, April 30-May 6, 2016, at Pinehurst Subdivision, Edgewater

Building safe, affordable homes for local families
in our community during the week preceding Mother’s Day.
Empowering women to stand up against
substandard and unacceptable living conditions in our area.

The theme this year was a celebration of mothers’ love, and what could be more appropriate than 85 women building three homes for three moms with young children in our new subdivision in Edgewater.

Dixie Mackey, Lisa Kenney and Courtney Williams worked alongside the ladies, framing and siding their future homes, excited at the prospect of moving to this beautiful location soon. The throng of ladies got to experience all the different power tools, and learned a lot of new skills with the patient help of our expert volunteers and staff.

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Family partner moms Dixie Mackey, Courtney Williams and Lisa Kenney are joined by VIP Teresa Pope, Assistant Director of NSB Housing Authority, who is also a proud Habitat home owner.

Building with the groups each day were several City of New Smyrna Beach officials, including Judy Reiker, Vice Mayor, Pam Brandaccio, City Manager, Rhonda Walker, Airport Manager, Michelle Updike, City Projects Mgr, and Teresa Pope, Asst. Director of NSB Housing Authority. Also joining us from the City Government of Ormond Beach was Cindy Berglund.

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The Friday group included five members of local government (front row).

Volunteers from Humana, Sun Trust Bank, Fidelity National Title, Coronado United Methodist Church, and individuals from the community enjoyed three days of building together.

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Learning to measure and to use the power saw.

Our AmeriCorps Team Leader, Austin Falter assisted the women builders, and PUBLIX graciously provided the refreshments from their bakery and deli.
National Women Build Week is sponsored by Lowe’s who provided a workshop for women to learn how to use power tools and the correct ways to paint. They also provided volunteers at the build, and a grant towards materials for these homes.

Our sponsors

We Thank AmeriCorps, Lowes, and PUBLIX

If you are interested in joining us for next year’s Women Build Week, in May 2017, please contact: Coralie Gilson, Outreach Coordinator.

  • Tel.: 386-428-5010
  • Email: coralie.gilson@yahoo.com

Story by Coralie Gilson