ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) – From fundraising, to contracting, to putting up sheetrock, the criteria for Habitat for Humanity’s “Women Build” are that 80 percent of the project must be completed by local women.
“Women can come out and build a house any time; we encourage that,” Kevil said. We think it’s awesome. But, this really puts the focus on that so we can encourage more women to get involved not only in the build put possibly applying for a personal homeownership.”
A plot of land on the corner of Anson St. and Simmons St. will be the last of the Habitat for Humanity homes on the block. And, it’s taking a lot of woman power to get the job done. Executive director Steven Leggett said there are no set gender parameters to complete a Habitat for Humanity home.
“It’s just a way to send a message that women build houses,” Leggett said. “It doesn’t have to be men to do it. We’ve had some great women, very talented and skilled know how to do this kind of stuff. There’s no role-relegated to them than what a man’s role is in Habitat.”
The former chair of the Habitat for Humanity board, Shanna Kevil, said the women of the community are capable and ready to work.
“There are a lot of women in Abilene that are involved in a lot of civic organizations,” said Kevil. “And, Abilene as a community, as a whole is very generous and giving.”
Although the “Women Build” project happens only every few years, each Habitat home creates a sense of pride for the homeowner and his or her children.
“Other than giving them a job with income, this is one of the greatest contributions you can make to somebody’s success and ability to move out of one level of income and one level of need,” said Leggett. “There’s nothing more significant to a child’s upbringing and schooling and sense of permanence and being able to love and launch their dreams than living in their own home. They never have to move.”