Photo: Habitat for Humanity
A Habitat for Humanity house is being built, but the crew wielding the hammers and nails is a little different from the norm. The crew building a new house is almost all female, and includes some recognizable faces.
New homeowner Faith Wright said that the process took about one year to complete. “Habitat makes a huge impact on families so they can have affordable housing,” Wright said.
Bloomington Chamber of Commerce President Christy Gillenwater said the process provides an opportunity for families to have a roof over head. “Through Habitat for Humanity families pay back their mortgage over time with no interest, families who otherwise may not have the opportunity to own their own home,” she said.
Wright wants to build equity in her new house. It gives her comfort knowing she has a safe place to raise her family. “I can save money and put it towards college or in other places,” Wright said.
Build team co-captain and Bloomington lawyer Angela Parker said a group of women building a house together helps to empower the volunteers. “It has all of the right ingredients. A great group of women, a wonderful opportunity to do something in the community that really benefits for the long term,” Parker said.
The house is expected to be completed by May 22.