Women Build

2020 Women Build Home Recipients

The Paredes Family
 

It was through family that Rosaura met Homar Miranda. They married in 2013 and later that year welcomed their daughter, Kaysie.  

Their income is limited, relying solely on Homar’s salary as a roof installer for Crowther Roofing for the last two years. They were able to find housing in the form of a one-bedroom trailer.

“There is no space and everything feels so tight. We have problems with termites on the walls. In the summer it gets really hot inside because we don’t have a central air conditioner,” said Rosaura.

It has been especially tough on their 6-year old daughter, Kaysie, who has never had a bedroom of her own. She is doing well in school and, while she loves trying new activities, drawing and coloring are her favorite.

Through family friends, they heard about a homeownership program called Habitat for Humanity of Martin County.

“When we came to the office to inquire about more information, that’s when we realized we qualified for this program. We met all of the requirements and we were willing to contribute with sweat equity hours,” said Homar.  

After submitting to an exhaustive application process, Homar are Rosaura are currently contributing 300 hours of sweat equity, but are well on the path to homeownership.

“I feel very happy and blessed with Habitat for Humanity for making this happen for us. It means a lot to us because it’s a brand new home with lots of space that we need and we don’t have to worry about the problems that we had with the trailer. We are looking forward to making great memories with our daughter in our own new home,” said Rosaura. “This home will increase our freedom, security and stability. I just want to say thank you to everyone that has helped us from staff, donors and volunteers.”

About the Project

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, hundreds of homes are added as affiliates, donors and sponsors discover the impact of women volunteers and their resources. To learn how you can help, call (772) 223-9940 or e-mail volunteer@habitatmartin.org.
 
How Women Build helps build more homes
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 houses have been built by women crews around the world – more than 1,000 have taken place since Women Build’s official creation in 1998. Each year hundreds more homes are added as affiliates, donors and sponsors discover the impact of women volunteers and their resources.
 
How to get involved with Women Build
Women Build has a variety of ways for you to be involved, from training to travel—all of it hands-on and designed to help you learn and work. Email Volunteer@habitatmartin.org , or call (772)223-9940 for more information.
 
Is it a problem if I don’t have any construction skills?
Don’t worry! Many women come to Women Build sites with no construction skills at all and still make a great impact. Training will be provided.
 
How do I help support the cost of Women Build?
You can help by donating to Women Build.

The Women Build program empowers women to build Habitat for Humanity homes

  • The Women Build program empowers women to build Habitat for Humanity homes, enabling them to positively impact the lives of children by making homeownership a present reality for families.
  • Women Build is not about excluding men; it's about including women. This project will also include Girls Build.
  • Women are often intimidated on a “mixed” construction site; but in the comfortable environment of a Women Build site, they quickly learn construction skills.
  • By planning projects where the majority of volunteers are women, Women Build involves more women in Habitat's construction efforts, thereby increasing the number of houses Habitat can build.
  • 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 can realize they hold the solution in their hands to move children out of poverty housing.
  • Women need not wait for others to address substandard housing issues. They have the capability and determination to be part of the solution one family at a time.
     

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