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Tornado victim receives new home through Women Build

National Women Build Week 2012: Birmingham, Alabama
By Alicia Huey


Women Build volunteers and construction supervisors raise the walls.


Alicia Huey helps out on the Women Build site.


As I pulled up to the Women Build site, I saw 20 members of the National Association of Home Builders Professional Women in Building kicking off National Women Build Week, joining the “Build Generation.”

What a great partnership! Habitat has empowered all of these women to give back to the community and to their industry.

This day was full of girl power with a great sense of accomplishment. It was great spending time catching up with old friends and making new ones.

The new friend was Gloria Shepherd, who lost everything in a tornado that caused a great deal of damage in Birmingham last spring.

Gloria is a precious lady who is so thankful for this opportunity to receive a new home with Habitat. I stood beside her as we raised the wall of her kitchen. I was thankful for the opportunity.

This event was about 20 women working together to help eliminate substandard housing. We all look forward to working with Habitat again soon!

Alicia Huey is the national chair of Professional Women in Building, and the chair of Habitat of Greater Birmingham’s board of directors. She also builds a home with Habitat of Greater Birmingham each year during the affiliate’s annual Home Builders Blitz.