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Former TV star Lisa Whelchel helps promote NWBW

National Women Build Week: San Angelo, Texas


Patsy Kneller and construction supervisor Brendon Massey of Habitat for Humanity of San Angelo, TX


Former TV actress and Christian author Lisa Whelchel speaks during a NWBW luncheon


It was week of non-stop events for Habitat for Humanity of San Angelo, Texas. Executive director Patsy Kneller found herself constantly on the go, often working late into the night, as her affiliate geared up for a multitude of events to recruit volunteers and fundraise for National Women Build Week.

The first major event occurred May 3, when the City of San Angelo presented a proclamation to Kneller recognizing April 30-May 8 as National Women Build Week. Following the ceremony, it was off to a nearby hotel where several people gathered for an intimate meet-and-greet with former television actress Lisa Whelchel, best know for her role as Blair in the 1980s sitcom “Facts of Life.”

Kneller invited Whelchel, author of several Christian books, to San Angelo to help promote National Women Build Week and encourage women to get involved with Habitat.
“Lisa is a Christian and a mom. I read her books and knew stories about her. Everything she represents is also a total representation of Habitat,” Kneller said.

On May 4, Habitat San Angelo hosted a morning scrapbooking session with Whelchel. This was followed by a luncheon that was attended by nearly 120 women.

During the luncheon, Whelchel spoke about motherhood, friendship and her Christian faith. She also encouraged women to get involved in their community through Habitat.

“This is such a unique event and I enjoyed spending time with these women,” Whelchel said. “I hope I was able to motivate them to get involved in their community. They can show the love of God through building a house.”

Lisa’s message seemed to work. After the luncheon, several women approached Sandra Truett, administrative assistant for Habitat San Angelo, about signing up for build days.

Truett and Kneller said they weren’t the least bit surprised about the outpouring of support they received.

“I don’t have trouble getting women to volunteer for our builds,” Kneller said. “These are Texas women. They can do anything a man can do, but with bigger hair.”

Longtime volunteer JoAnna Alexander agreed, adding that her involvement with Habitat has given her a whole new skill set.

“Habitat for Humanity taught me how to remodel a house,” she said. “Patsy is an amazing person and Habitat has been a blessing to our community.”

After the luncheon Kneller was off again, this time to visit the construction sites where back-to-back Women Build events would take place.

On May 6, several distinguished women in the San Angelo community worked together to construct a home. The following day, more than 40 female volunteers worked at two build sites.

Once the two homes are completed, they will be Habitat San Angelo’s 60th and 61st homes.

This was the fourth year for Habitat San Angelo to celebrate National Women Build Week and the affiliate was very proud to be part of a nationwide event.

“It’s so exciting to be part of something big,” Kneller said.

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