Volunteers kick off annual Habitat Women Build event

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The first walls are up and in place at Habitat’s Fuller’s Landing, thanks to a group of passionate women and the person that will eventually live in the home.

“I’m just very excited,” future resident Shaley Orr said. “I was nervous this week because it’s finally here.”

Shaley Orr lifted the first wall of her new home into place, surrounded by Women Build volunteers.

“I’m really thankful for everyone who’s come out today and everyone who’s gonna come out to help through the process,” Shaley added. She worked to get to this point, putting in 250 hours of time at other builds, Habitat’s Restore and in classes.

“It’s just worth it overall in the long run,” Shaley explained.

 Helping her make it worth it,  women from WaterFurnace International and Parkview Physicians Group . “It is awesome,” Amy Krohn said. “It’s fun. It was nice meeting Shaley and seeing that first wall go up was kind of emotional. It’s pretty cool.”

The women volunteers hammer the walls together and put them in place with the guidance of trained crew leaders.

“It’s fun,” Krohn added. :”I’m good with a hammer and power tools so that’s not too new to me, but it’s fun watching my teammates who have never used a hammer before do it.”

This is the eleventh year for the six week event in Fort Wayne. 90 teams of five women raise money and building up Shaley’s new home.

“She’s just really excited and a sweet girl,” volunteer Ashley Kenworthy said. “It’s just exciting to see that there is a slab and there will be a house here soon and to be able to see the excitement in these home owners’ faces.”

For more information on Habitat’s mission or to donate to Women Build, visit the organization’s website here: https://www.habitatgfw.com/

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