Habitat for Humanity hosts 8th annual National Women Build Week

Habitat for Humanity hosts 8th annual National Women Build Week

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Some dedicated women volunteers have teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to help a deserving Hattiesburg family realize their dream of owning a home of their own. All this week, they've been spending time building the Geneal Washam home on North 23rd Avenue.

It's all part of Habitat for Humanity's 8th annual National Women Build Week and it's being done to encourage women to help make affordable housing a reality.

The Washam home is the 64th that's been built by the Hattiesburg area Habitat for Humanity in the last 25 years.

"It's fun, it's exciting to see my home come together like this from day one from the ground up, so I'm very, very excited," said Geneal Washam.

"The reason we do this build is for women empowerment, to show them that you don't have to know every trick in the book to be able to do construction work," said Laine Burnett, volunteer coordinator for the Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity.

"I think it's great to see how women can make a huge impact, like they can build this house, too, just like men can and I think it's a great experience for all these ladies," said Elyssa Klipsch, a volunteer on the project.

The Hattiesburg chapter is one of 300 Habitat for Humanity affiliates nationwide participating in Women Build projects.