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The Women Build group from Catalina In Home Service celebrating their build ! -November 2013

In 1991, a group of women in Charlotte, NC, completed the first women-built Habitat for Humanity house.  Affiliates across the country started to recruit their own all-women construction crews and, in 1998, the Women Build program became an official Habitat for Humanity International initiative.

With a lead gift from the Stocker Foundation, Habitat for Humanity Tucson built their first Women Build home in 1999. Over the years, many individuals, foundations, businesses and service groups have contributed time, talent and treasure to complete 12 Women Build homes for local families. The 12th home was started on September 11, 2012 and was dedicated on May 23, 2013.

The purpose of the Women Build program is to empower women, while providing them with experience in construction, a non-traditional trade. Habitat Tucson is also very deliberate about assigning female crew leaders to help oversee the construction itself out on site.  All of this combined has had a powerful impact on volunteers; it offers a female bonding experience unlike any of our other programs.

When asked what they gained from working on a Women Build home, three of the volunteers who come out regularly said:

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Women Build November 2013 with Citi Bank Women’s Network

Confidence, independence, the ability to learn what has always been “men’s work”. Once you learn to use power tools or a hammer, it opens up a world of possibilities.

As a crew leader, I enjoy teaching other women the skills I have learned.

Women Build helped fill a void in my life and now I love it. Meeting and working alongside the future homeowners is meaningful and touches the heart.

Penny Pederson, a 16-year Habitat volunteer who has been involved in our Women Build efforts from the beginning, wrote a poem titled What’s Not to Love? to express her deep feelings for the program.

What’s not to love?
Getting up at the crack of dawn and knowing you can.

What’s not to love?
To be in the company of like-minded women
Anxious to learn, excited to create, anticipating the unknown
In a safe, caring environment where skills are acquired and
Friendships are built along with Habitat homes.

What’s not to love?
About a day well spent
Using your mind, body and spirit for the well-being of humanity.

What’s not to love?
About Habitat for Humanity
Where a woman can express grace with her hard-earned efforts
Contributing to a healthy community and a greater good.

What’s not to love?



If you would like to volunteer to help build on the Women Build home currently under construction, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, for more information at (520) 326-1217 ext. 210 or


The sponsorship goal for every Habitat home is $85,000, and the Women Build home is no exception.  Won’t you consider making a gift today?

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