WARNER ROBINS -- Habitat for Humanitys Women Build program promotes women learning construction skills. More than a dozen women met Tuesday morning to build Nannetta Tennysons new home.
Im just so grateful, said Tennyson, 48, who raised three children as a single mother and has never owned a home.
The national organization expects more than 13,000 volunteers across the country will spend a day this week helping families in need of housing.
At the site of Tennysons future home, women worked to cut plywood using a circular saw and then used nails to construct headers to be placed over windows and doors.
Were empowering women to be included in something that maybe people dont think of as a womans skill set: building houses, said Lea Kirkwood, this years Houston Women Build chairwoman.
Houston County Habitat for Humanity is in its second year participating in the national organizations Women Build Week. Tennysons home with be the 50th built in the county by the organization.
That means 50 families now have homes to call their own and can actually take pride and ownership in the community, Kirkwood said, whereas before maybe they were renting or had challenges finding affordable housing.
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