Habitat for Humanity’s “Women Build” in Northampton

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Who said construction was just a man’s job? Women picked up hammers and saws to help build a home in Northampton’s Florence neighborhood.

“Pioneer Valley Habitat has always had a real strong movement to get women on the construction site,” said MJ Adams, site supervisor for Women Build.

Whether it was their first time hammering a nail or another day on the job, ten women dedicated their Saturday to help build a home. One of those women was the owner of this future home, Katie Wolcott. They worked together to celebrate Habitat for Humanity’s “Women Build” week across the country.

“I know this is going to be mine and it feels, I wouldn’t have it if it wasn’t for this program. I wouldn’t be ready for a house yet, nowhere near, and I’m ready for my kids’ sake and my family’s sake,” said new homeowner Katie Wolcott.

As part of the program, Katie and her husband, Chris, must volunteer 250 hours each of their own time to build their home.

That’s why Chris was allowed to help the women build not just their home, but their neighbors’ home as well on Women Build Day.

The homes in progress are expected to be finished by the end of 2014, but this isn’t the first time Habitat has helped build homes on Garfield Ave. Two homes nearby were built by some of the same women back in 2007.

“They see all these community volunteers working and it’s also wonderful for the volunteers because the volunteers get to meet the people who are actually going to benefit from the volunteer work,” said MJ Adams.

National Women Build Week is in its seventh year, but it’s been an even longer tradition in the Pioneer Valley and it’s one that won’t end soon. The women will get together again in June to help build another house.

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