WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - If you are looking for a fun way to give back to our community; helping to build a Habitat for Humanity house is a great way. Today I got a chance to participate in the last day of a three-month project called "Women Build."
"This is a home built by women, funded by women, for the Marte family; a mom, daughter, and grandma," boasted Joshua Daniels Director of Development at Habitat for Humanity.
Donning pink hard hats, I was joined by a group of women volunteers like Rachel Tabacnic. "I wanted to do something that would give back to other people. Let's hope for this family I can [paint]," said Rachel.
Joshua tells me you don't need any particular construction skills to volunteer just a good heart and a great attitude. At the end of our volunteer session, we even had a little fun. Two of the ladies put on inflatable Tyrannosaurus Rex costumes and acted like they were painting!
New home owner Yudelka Marte is appreciative of the volunteers, "I know life is busy, and they just take the time to help build my dream house." But if you think Yudelka is just handed a house: think again, she has to work 400 sweat hours, take a money management course, and train on how to be a good neighbor.
"We've built over 213 homes in Palm Beach County and have been here for 30-years," Joshua said proudly. To date, none of the houses have gone into foreclosure.