ABILENE, Texas - Big Country women united on Saturday to kick off Habitat for Humanity's National Women Build Week.
The week is designed for women to spend at least one day helping eliminate housing poverty via home building for others in need. It's only fitting that the event fall on the week leading up to Mother's Day because many of the recipients of the homes are mothers.
"Women do 80 percent of the work and one of the great advantages is that we're always, no matter women or men, we're always teaching skills," said Steven Leggett, a Habitat for Humanity spokesman.
The women started working on the Congress Avenue home Saturday morning. It will be presented to Regina Madrid, a single mother with three, on Mother's Day. She is also contributing to the construction of her home.
One volunteer said it's important for people to understand the importance of a safe home for children.
"To be able to bring your kids home to a safe home every night and tuck them into bed is phenomenal," said Kathy Galinak, a longtime volunteer. "Folks don't realize that people live in substandard housing and it's not safe to bring their kids into it."
Volunteer Trish Schroder said this was her first project with Habitat for Humanity, but she's more than happy to help Madrid build a new home. They both work in the medical field and Schroder said she's honored to help someone who gives so much to her community already.
"When I first saw that this was being done for an EMT and in addition to that it was all women, I thought that was an extremely interesting opportunity and for me to learn about building a home, what goes into it," Schroder said.
Although the week is devoted to women builders, an event organizer said anyone can join. If you are interested in volunteering, click on this link to sign up.
"We're putting skills out in the community and a lot of people are going to go home and repair their houses thanks to what they learn here," Leggett said.