By Robyn A. Friedman
City & Shore Magazine
How are you spending the days leading up to Mother’s Day? Shopping for gifts? Making dinner reservations?
How about building a house?
Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County is looking for 100 local women to help Habitat families build one — and possibly two — homes in Boynton Beach May 11-13 during the annual Women Build event. The national event is intended to address the issue of affordable housing, how it affects the health and well-being of children and to encourage women to become involved in funding and building Habitat homes.
“Together, we can change the trajectory of an entire family in our community,” says Kari Oeltjen, chief development officer of Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County.
Habitat hopes the 100 women locally will help build a $100,000 home by contributing or raising a minimum of $1,000 each. If more than 100 women sign up, two houses will be built, Oeltjen says.
Habitat will hold a Kick-Off and Orientation Reception on April 19 at Sklar Furnishings in Boca Raton for women who are already registered as one of the 100 builders and for prospective builders. The event will be an opportunity for women to meet their fellow builders over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
“Sadly, what we take for granted is not the reality for many hardworking families in our community who can’t seem to get ahead,” says Rick Howard, chairman of Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County and president and CEO of Sklar Furnishings. “My wife, Pat, and I are pleased to host this exciting Kick-Off Reception and to celebrate the empowered, powerful and generous women of our community who will make ‘The House that Women Built’ a reality for a local family.”
The Kick-Off Reception will be 6-8 p.m. April 19 at Sklar Furnishings, 6300 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. The event is free and open to women who have already signed up for the Women Build or those who are interested in learning more about it. For information, call 561-699-7198 or visit hfhboca.org.
— Robyn A. Friedman