The most transformative event for a family is becoming homeowners. Statics show that
children of homeowners perform better in school and are more likely to graduate from high school. Owning a home rather than renting allows a family to save more income for their children's further education . Home ownership positively impacts the future generation of a family.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that of the millions of children living in poverty in the United States, nearly 48 percent of those children reside with women heads-of-household.
The Habitat Women’s Build brings women from all walks of life to raise walls alongside local families in need to address the housing crisis facing millions of women and children across the globe. Families with children make up a staggering number of those in need of adequate housing. More than 12 million children or one in six live in poverty housing in the United States alone.
So with hammer, hard hat, tool belt and a fired-up spirit; the mostly women and few men ignored the cold and rain for a good cause. They were participating in Habitat for Humanity’s annual Women’s Build on Mother’s Day.
The Muslim Women’s Council was among those that pitched in to help build a home for single mother of two, LaToria Jordan. LaToria is the second recipient of a home through the Nashville Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build. She works for Alive Hospice as a care partner and plans on going back to school to become an occupational therapist. She has two daughters and wanted to move from her crime ridden neighborhood. Now she can!
Paining ceilings and walls, caulking windows and doorways were some of the construction tasks volunteers did.
The build stared after dawn and volunteers were served breakfast and catered lunch.
The future homeowner greeted the volunteer and built alongside us. It was a very rewarding experience knowing that we contributed to making someone’s dream come true.
"Bringing joy the heart of human beings, feeding the hungry, helping the afflicted, lightening the sorrow of the sorrowful, and removing the sufferings of the injured are the most excellent actions” -Prophet Mohamed (peace and blessing be upon him)
Since Habitat’s Women Build program was created in 1998, more than 2,100 Habitat for Humanity Women Build houses have been constructed in partnership with low-income families.
Lowe’s is a major sponsor and underwriter of the Women’s Build and sponsors National Women Build Week each year, provides competitive grant opportunities and offers free how-to clinics for U.S. Women Build affiliates.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville is an ecumenical Christian ministry that provides people with the life-changing opportunity to purchase and own quality, affordable homes.
To learn more or volunteer on the next Women’s Build contact Habitat for Humanity at 615-254-4663