Habitat kicks off Women Build 2012 with luncheon and shopping event

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Habitat for Humanity of Martin County will kick off its 2012 Women Build program with a special "Building Blocks Luncheon” and shopping event at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Harbour Bay Plaza’s Palm Room, 3766 S.E. Ocean Blvd., Sewall’s Point.  

Beginning at 11 a.m., attendees will have the unique opportunity to purchase everything needed to complete the 2012 Women Build home, even the kitchen sink! The shopping list includes all the necessary "building blocks,” from footer concrete, paint and roofing nails, to doors, cabinets and appliances. Items are listed per unit at Habitat’s actual cost, ranging from $12 to $3,500. All donations are tax-deductible and tax receipts will be provided.  

The luncheon and presentation begins at 12 p.m. and will feature guest speaker Sharon Hoyle Weber, author of Hot in the Pot, A Survival Guide for the Real You in the Corporate World. Sharon is a corporate training facilitator, speaker and author who teaches everything that has to do with people working effectively and passionately together. Learn more about Weber at HotInThePot.com.

Also included in the presentation will be information about the 2012 Women Build project. Renato’s Italian Ristorante will cater the luncheon with a menu featuring salad, chicken marsala or eggplant parmesan, and dessert.

"We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to build our fifth Women Build home for a very special family. This will be the first of 40 homes that will comprise the new Carter Park community in Indiantown – so it will be a very special milestone,” said Mary Jones, director of volunteer services at Habitat for Humanity of Martin County. "We are blessed with amazing community partners and volunteers who contribute their time, talent and financial support to the Habitat mission. We look forward to working with them and meeting new faces at our upcoming luncheon.”

The 2012 Women Build home will be a four-bedroom model, built for the Sanchez family in the new Indiantown community of Carter Park. Construction is scheduled to begin in February and the Sanchez family will contribute to Habitat’s sweat equity requirement of 300 volunteer hours. They will purchase the home with a no-profit loan and their monthly mortgage payments will be used to build more Habitat homes.  

Special recognition goes to Wilmington Trust, a Habitat for Humanity of Martin County community partner, for sponsoring this special event.  

Luncheon tickets are $45 and seating is limited. Reservations must be made prior to Oct. 5 by registering online or calling Habitat for Humanity of Martin County at (772) 223-9940.  

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. Women crews around the world have built thousands of homes since Women Build’s official creation in 1998. Each year, more homes are added as affiliates, donors and sponsors discover the impact of women volunteers and their resources.      

Fast Facts
  • Women Build empowers women to build Habitat homes, enabling them to positively impact the lives of children by making home ownership a present reality for families.
  • Women Build is not about excluding men; it's about including women.
  • Women are often intimidated on a "mixed” construction site; but in the comfortable environment of Women Build, they quickly learn construction skills.
  • When women come together in a supportive environment, they feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment and increased self-esteem.
  • More than 12 million U.S. children – one in six – are living in poverty. Poverty is a severe threat to children's health, growth and potential.
  • Women need not wait for others to address substandard housing issues. They have the capability and determination to be part of the solution. 
About Habitat for Humanity of Martin County
Habitat for Humanity of Martin County is a not-for-profit organization that works in partnership with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to help eliminate substandard housing by building homes for others, revitalizing neighborhoods, and transforming lives. Since its inception in 1986, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County has built 94 homes in Hobe Sound, Indiantown, Jensen Beach, Port Salerno and Stuart. For more information, call (772) 223-9940 or visit HabitatMartin.org.

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