A construction crew of women volunteers worked alongside Oklahoma state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi on May 4 to raise the walls of a new Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity house at 8537 Durland Way as part of Habitat's Women Build program.
The house, in Habitat's Hope Crossing addition at NE 83 and Kelley Avenue, is being purchased, at cost and interest-free, by a family of five. They are looking forward to owning their own home in a safe neighborhood and being able to provide their children a safe environment to grow up in and call home for many years to come, Habitat officials said.
The Women Build program, underwritten by Lowe's, recruits and educates women to build and advocate for simple, decent and affordable houses in their communities. The four-week build runs to June 2.
Participating are volunteers from Lowe's, Central Oklahoma Home Builders Women's Council, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Oklahoma City Republican Women's Club, Word of Flame, Texas Roadhouse, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co., Oklahoma Christian University softball team and Tinker Air Force Base.
Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that provides affordable housing for hardworking, limited-income families. The organization has built more than 600 homes in central Oklahoma since 1990, all sold at cost and with no interest charged. For more information, visit www.CentralOklahoma