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Work day set for Habitat Women's Build

Saturday, September 8, 2007

A clean-up day has been scheduled at the site of the Habitat for Humanity Women's Build in Cassville.

Diane Lyons, who is serving as project manager, has invited volunteers to meet at the building site on Saturday, Sept. 22. The work will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until noon. The home is being built at 503 Oak St. just below the City of Cassville's twin water towers.

"Let's get those blisters and muscles ready," said Lyons. "We're about ready to build a house."

Volunteers are asked to bring gloves, weed eaters, wheel barrows, shovels and yard tools. Those who cannot bring tools are still encouraged to come out.

The clean-up day marks the start of the actual building process, which officially began last October with a groundbreaking ceremony at the site where the next Habitat for Humanity of South Barry County home is to be built. That ceremony was attended by U.S. Congressman Roy Blunt who is a big supporter of Habitat projects.

As of last fall, about 40 women had expressed an interest in assisting with the building project. Bud Lowe, a Cassville builder, will be overseeing the project and serving as construction coordinator. Judy Hayes has volunteered as volunteer coordinator. Other Women's Build Committee members include Lyons, Connie Griffin, Geneva Hicks, Lynn Curtis, Karla Kuklaw and Nora Young.

A Women's Build is a program created by the Habitat for Humanity organization to encourage women and girls to participate in the home building process. Nearly 800 Habitat homes have been built around the world using the Women's Build concept.

This will be the first Women's Build project attempted by the South Barry County Habitat affiliate and the second Habitat home to be built in Cassville.

The group is also currently working on promoting a Rural Build in the Eagle Rock, Golden and Mano area. Both projects are currently seeking partner families.

The cost to build the two homes has been estimated at around $80,000. To date, the local Habitat affiliate has raised $40,000 toward its goal.

Habitat for Humanity of South Barry County is a not-for-profit ecumenical Christian organization that is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness in the south Barry County area. The group builds simple, decent and affordable homes and sells them at no profit and charges no interest to persons of need.

For more information about the Habitat for Humanity of South Barry County's Women's Build, call Nora Young at 847-0360.



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