Kickoff event lays solid foundation for Habitat for Humanity’s 2009-10 Women Build program

Thursday, December 10, 2009

HOBE SOUND, Fla., Dec. 10, 2009 – Never underestimate the power of a woman – especially a group of power women with power tools.

For the third year, the power women (and power men) of Martin County showed their enthusiastic support of Habitat for Humanity of Martin County’s Women Build program. More than 125 people attended the 2009-10 Women Build Kickoff Event on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Harry and the Natives restaurant in Hobe Sound.


The 2009-10 Women Build kickoff event was sponsored by Natives Helping Natives and The Pine School Habitat Campus Chapter. Special recognition was given to George Mahr, Wally Lewis and the team of Hobe Sound volunteers who have supported Habitat through the years by working on 11 of the 18 Habitat homes in the Banner Lake community of Hobe Sound.


Construction of the 2009-10 Women Build home, located on Eucalyptus Way in Banner Lake, is already underway and is sponsored by Gulfstream Business Bank. Amanda Gonzalez, 23, and her two children, 5-year-old Amya, and 3-year-old Alijah, are the deserving recipients of the home. Gonzalez will contribute at least 300 hours of “sweat equity” throughout the construction of her home, with help from the Women Build volunteers and Habitat for Humanity, which will provide the family with a 30-year interest-free mortgage.


“Right now, I’m in the process of getting my Habitat homeowner classes completed as my home is in the beginning stages of being built,” said Gonzalez. “I’m so excited to have been chosen for the annual Habitat Women Build home and I’m so grateful that all these wonderful people are here for me.”


To learn more about Women Build volunteer opportunities, call (772) 223-9940 or visit


About Women Build

Women Build is a Habitat for Humanity International program that encourages women and girls to have fun and make a difference by building homes and communities. Thousands of homes have been built by women crews around the world since Women Build’s official creation in 1998. Each year, hundreds of homes are added as affiliates, donors and sponsors discover the impact of women volunteers and their resources.


About Habitat for Humanity of Martin County

Habitat for Humanity of Martin County is a not-for-profit, volunteer-driven organization that extends the opportunity to purchase simple, decent, affordable homes to local families who would not otherwise have that chance. The three key criteria necessary in order to make homeownership a reality for families include the need for shelter, ability to pay, and willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity. For more information, call (772) 223-9940 or visit

Click here to view photos from the Women Build Kickoff Event.

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