We participated in Greater Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build project recently, volunteering to help build two homes.
Our team was among 450 women who are building homes in Fuller’s Landing on West Cook Road, where our volunteers have previously volunteered.
Team members performed various tasks, including working on a front porch, preparing exterior walls for siding and hanging siding, installing hurricane clips, removing bottom framing on doors and closets with a reciprocating saw, planting bushes and mulching.
Habitat’s goal is to eliminate substandard housing. To qualify for a Habitat home, families take personal finance classes and contribute “sweat equity” by volunteering at the organization’s ReStore and helping build Habitat homes, including their own. The process takes about three years, and as homebuyers, they make interest-free mortgage payments.
Last fall, employees helped build Habitat homes in the South Bend area.
“Volunteering with co-workers to build homes for people who might not otherwise afford them is truly a rewarding experience,” said Kim Sabrosky, Director of External Affairs. “We enjoyed working together and watching these homes come closer to completion.”