It may not surprise you to learn Habitat for Humanity has built nearly two thousand homes nationwide for needy families. But what might not be common knowledge is a handful of those houses were build primarily by women. The latest Habitat Women's Build is taking place on Gainesville Road in Spring Hill. The ladies showed up around nine this morning to a bare slab and piles of wood. By the end of the day, the skeleton of a home will exist.
Crystal Lazar is the chief operating officer of Habitat in Pasco County, but started out as a volunteer. "I started off with the college program in 2007 in college ... I knew nothing. I hung my nails, my pictures with the back of a high heeled shoe and now I can frame up a house... " Lazar says many of the volunteers are shocked when they arrive and see the blank canvas. "Most the women come out here thinking they're going to paint or landscape so when they come out here and see an empty slab, they're usually overwhelmed or surprised. But by the end of the day they're really excited because the walls are up. "
Deborah Gillars has volunteered at these builds before and the retired school teacher is back at it again. "There's nothing better than owning your own home. It gives stability to kids, and I see a lot of kids in our system that this is the difference, and it can start right here. "
The three bedroom, two bathroom home should be completed by May.
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