Habitat for Humanity women help build Warner Robins home

alopez@macon.comMay 6, 2014 

WARNER ROBINS -- Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program promotes women learning construction skills. More than a dozen women met Tuesday morning to build Nannetta Tennyson’s new home.

“I’m 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 Tennyson’s 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.

“We’re empowering women to be included in something that maybe people don’t think of as a woman’s skill set: building houses,” said Lea Kirkwood, this year’s Houston Women Build chairwoman.

Houston County Habitat for Humanity is in its second year participating in the national organization’s Women Build Week. Tennyson’s 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.”

To contact writer Andres David Lopez, call 478-256-9751.

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