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Dozens of Women Volunteering to Build Affordable Housing

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Affordable decent housing and inspiring women to get involved at construction sites, that's the motivation behind National Women Build Week.

Women across the Ozarks are rolling up their sleeves, picking up hammers and saws, to help a family build stability, independence, and strength through housing.

"I know there’s so many people that struggle and this gives them the hand up that they need and they’re apart of it which makes you feel really good inside knowing they get to build part of the house," explains  volunteer Shirley Labella.

Labella says the goal of National Women's Build Week is to highlight the challenges that women face and overcome them.

"We need to build each other up and show we can do anything."

By using wood and nails to construct window panels, the women show how they can come together to do some good in the community

"They really teach you so don’t be afraid. Go out there and just join a group and put your hands in there and they will really work with you and teach you even though there’s skills we probably never had before we walked on this dirt today."

More than a 100 volunteers of women like Marsha Kinner are also taking part, every nail, every sweat, every tear, is going to go to you know these little kids who are coming in. They have no idea what is in store for them when they walk through that door and say this is home."

Helping to create safe affordable housing for low income families who get no interest loans and who work alongside volunteers, putting in hundreds of hours of sweat equity.

Mark Murphy, Construction Director, Habitat for Humanity,  It’s a lot of fun, you can learn some new skills, go home a little tired, a little sweaty, but you’ll feel good about what you’ve done."

 Murphy says not only are these women helping themselves, they are also helping other families build hope, one wall at a time.

"I think it helps the community as a whole to get women involved in something they maybe not typically used to doing and prove to the men out in the world that they can do exactly what the men are doing out here."

Murphy says the project should be completed sometime during the fall. 

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