Women lend a hand on Habitat home

By Gary Budzak

May 9, 2014

By Gary Budzak

It was a warm, sunny day to build a house. The lot location was ideal, across from a park on a no-outlet street.

On May 7, several women volunteers from Insperity — a company based on Polaris Parkway — helped Delaware County Habitat for Humanity build garage walls and dig porch footer holes at a construction site at 56 Kurrley St.

The 6.5-hour session included lunch from Jimmy John’s.

During the lunch break, Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle read a proclamation in honor of National Women Build Week in the City of Delaware from May 3-11.

“During the week, women nationwide will devote at least one day in the effort to eliminate poverty by building affordable housing and spotlighting home ownership challenges faced by women,” Riggle said. “This event gives significance to families with children, who make up a staggering number of those in need of adequate housing.”

Riggle said she made the proclamation in recognition of “the need to make the dream of home ownership a reality for the families in our community. I’m so glad to be part of this.”

Lowe’s Home Improvement helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008, and more than 52,000 women from all 50 states have volunteered to work on more than 2,200 homes at the past six events.

Construction began on the Kurrley Street home at the end of March, and should be completed in August, said Linda Warren, volunteer coordinator for Delaware County Habitat for Humanity. At that time, there will be a special dedication ceremony for the owner and all the volunteers who helped to build the house.

Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.