Fluvanna Co. Habitat Host First Women Build Week

May 3, 2014

From saws, to nails, and all that's in between, women and members of Habitat for Humanity are building a house, one piece of wood at a time.

It's all a part of the National Women Build week and every week leading up to Mother's Day groups of women are encouraged to get out and help build homes with habitat.

“It's very exciting, we've never had a lot of women help us with the process and this is really exciting to see the power of women,” says Michel Haimes, president of the Fluvanna Co. Habitat for Humanity (FCHFH).

“This is our first time doing it and it has been amazing,” says Jennifer Whitehead, executive director for FCHFH. “When we started this morning the house didn't have walls, it has two up now and all four walls should be up by the end of the day.”

There were over a dozen people out this morning helping to put the walls on the house, including the future home owner.

“I'm excited, says Delicia Payne. “My kids are excited, so I'm just anxious to get in.”

Payne is a single mother of two and says she is ready to move into her home.

“Habitat is an awesome program and you have to work hard,” says Payne. “People think it's easy, but it's not easy and they are definitely not giving you the house.”

“I'm out here now, after just getting off of work, helping and I'm going to continue to do that and hopefully I will be able to help out with other homes that come up.”

These home builds are not only rewarding for the future owners, but it also puts a smile on the faces of people involved, knowing that they can help out someone in their community.

“I have helped probably ten home owners go through this process and it's just an amazing feeling,” says Whitehead. “It truly is life changing, there's no describing how it feels.”

The National Women Build has been going on around the U.S. since 1998 and since then over 2,200 homes have been built.

They expect to finish this house in eight weeks, and then the Payne family will be able to call this place home.

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