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Women Build 2011 Habitat project begins on firm foundation

By Angela Ward
Sept. 27, 2011 at 10 p.m.

Longview's Habitat for Humanity took its first concrete steps toward the 2011 Women Build House on Monday.

Contractors poured the foundation for what will become the home of Martin and Felipa Torres, an elderly, disabled couple. Construction will begin Oct. 8, said Executive Director Kelly Watson.

"We're really aiming toward it being a true, 100 percent women-built house this year," Watson said. "In the past, we've had some help from male crews with these construction projects, but the women who have signed up to work on this one are committed to doing everything themselves."

While all the slots for the first day of construction are filled, Watson stressed there are plenty of other opportunities to help on Saturdays until the house is finished, which probably won't be until late January or early February.

"We encourage women to come out, either as individuals or part of a team," Watson said. "They don't have to know anything about home construction, or even have ever held a hammer before, in order to be useful. We'll find a place on the site that matches their abilities to our needs."

Women interested in helping with the project can go to the nonprofit agency's website,, to sign up. They can select a time either by date or by the type of construction scheduled for a particular time. The site also contains information on what equipment women should bring to the project.

"If a woman would prefer to work on interior projects like cabinets and hardware, rather than being involved in the framing and roofing, she can sign up for a later date," Watson said.

Habitat for Humanity will also hold its annual Buildopoly fundraiser beginning next week and will be recognizing World Habitat Day, a day of action dedicated to uniting against poverty housing, on Monday.

Businesses or individuals who wish to participate in Buildopoly, which benefits the Women Build project, will have their names listed on a sign at Lowe's Home Improvement store in Longview.

Watson also wants to let people know that the Habitat ReStore is now open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The store is located at 300 W Tyler St.

"We chose to be closed on Monday, beginning this week, because it was a day when not many people come in and this allows our manager to have time to complete paperwork then," she said.

For information on volunteering for Women Build or other projects, call (903) 236-0900, ext. 205.



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