Kristina Guerrero, Delma Guerrero-Harvey and Amanda Guerrero-Harvey
By Kristina Guerrero, E! News correspondent and Women Build volunteer
WOW! What an inspiring and invigorating way to spend my Tuesday! Last week was the fifth annual National Women Build Week , and I was beyond thrilled to be asked to be the national celebrity spokeswoman, not just because it is such an honor but also because of what it represents to me and my family.
My mom, like so many other families out there, had a hard time making ends meet and wanted desperately to give her children a safe and secure home. So with the help of a program similar to Habitat for Humanity, she was able to make that dream come true. For 365 days, she put in her sweat equity, coming out to the build site pounding nails and installing siding and everything else it took to build a two-story, three-bedroom house.
That was 13 years ago, and National Women Build Week was her opportunity to pay it forward. She — along with my 21-year-old sister, who was too young to help my mom build her house — came to the Long Beach build site to pick up a hammer and help another family’s dream come true.
My mom and sister were excited, but neither realized what kind of impact it would truly have on them. It was hard work, of course, but it was very emotional as well. It took my mom back to those days when she was building her home and how hard it was but how the pride that she felt when she moved her family into their own bedrooms for the first time made all the hard work worth it. It also gave my sister Amanda an understanding of the sacrifices my mom made to make her life better. And for me, it made me so proud of my mom and how far my family has come thanks to the home my mom built.
In addition to that, I was so impressed with the other women who came out to volunteer on this renovation project for Habitat Greater Los Angeles. They are strong, talented and smart women helping other strong, talented and smart families with a hand up, not a hand out, as Habitat always says so eloquently.
I look forward to my next build or, in this case, my next demolish! Please, I encourage you to look into volunteering in your own communities! I promise, it will be worth it!