Habitat For Humanity Launches Women Building A Legacy To Get Children Out Of Substandard Housing
Denver - May, 4 2001 - Recognizing that 13 million U.S. children -- nearly one out of every five -- live in poverty, Habitat for Humanity International is launching Women Building a Legacy to be part of the solution -- one house at a time. Women Building a Legacy is an 18-month program, kicking-off in Denver, May 5-12, designed to empower mothers and women of all ages to work together to solve the crisis of substandard housing.
A five-house building blitz will be crewed by teams of women, including state first ladies, athletes, and women from all walks of life, all with one goal: to build homes with families in need. The Denver launch will mark the first time in history that women have built five houses in a week.
Beginning Saturday, May 5, 2001, in just one week, women will build five houses in the Metro-Denver area. By Saturday, May 12, five families will become first-time homeowners. Soon after they will move into new homes where their children can flourish and grow.
"For me this is more than just building a house. It is about building opportunities; building relationships; building futures and giving these families a chance to make a part of the American dream come true," said Cathy Keating, First Lady of Oklahoma and long-time supporter and builder for Habitat.
While the unveiling of Women Building a Legacy will be in Denver, the efforts will continue beyond. Realizing they can transform children's lives by ensuring they have decent and safe homes, Women Building a Legacy volunteers are committed to build at least 100 Habitat for Humanity homes around the country by the end of 2002.
"Until now, women have thought they could not solve the problem of substandard housing. Women Building A Legacy enables women to be part of the solution, one house at a time," said Fiona Eastwood, manager of the Women Build department for Habitat for Humanity.
Women celebrities, state first ladies and women from all walks of life are working together to build a legacy of better housing for children whose health, growth and potential are threatened by substandard housing. Realizing they can transform children's lives by simply ensuring children have decent and safe places to lay their heads at night, "Women Building a Legacy" volunteers will build at least 100 Habitat for Humanity houses. "Women Building a Legacy," an 18-month program of Habitat for Humanity International's Women Build Department, empowers women to address the crisis of substandard housing and adds to the more than 300 Habitat houses built by women since 1991.
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary year, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 76 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.