NEWBURGH - Habitat Newburgh broke ground on their 5th Women Build house at 36 E. Parmenter Street. The groundbreaking ceremony was held as a part of the celebration of National Women Build Week, sponsored by Lowes- an event observed by Habitat affiliates across the country that seeks to encourage more women to get involved in the construction of Habitat homes.
"Women Build is not about excluding men; it’s about inspiring women to become involved in our building process," expressed Habitat Newburgh’s Executive Director, Cathy Collins, "Our first Women Build project was completed early on in Habitat Newburgh’s history, and we are so thrilled to be embarking on our 5th Women Build House. I am proud that the invaluable hard work, leadership, and strong sense of community that we gain from our women volunteers will be represented in our E. Parmenter Street Neighborhood by this Women Build house."
Across the street from the future Women Build site, women volunteers were hard at work on the construction site. Despite rainy weather, spirits were sunny inside the house as volunteers worked on priming the ceilings and walls.
Celeste Bloomer, a long-time Habitat volunteer and House Captain, shared that for her, Women Build is about more than just construction. "This is a family. The women volunteers are there for each other through losses and through celebrations. Many of us have been here for over 10 years now, others have joined in recently. As women, many of us have a sense that even though we might not know everything there is to know about construction, we do know everything there is to know about having a family. We grew up with a safe, decent place to live, and it is our joy to do that for another family."
Women who are 16 years of age and older are invited to volunteer with Habitat Newburgh at any time. Opportunities are available throughout the year.