Forty women volunteers will pick up hammers and tool pouches Saturday to work alongside Sandra Acevedo in the construction of her new home in Pilot Point.
Women’s Build Week will kick off Habitat for Humanity’s construction of a new home for the Acevedo family in the 300 block of East White. The work was to have started last Saturday but was postponed for a second time by wet weather.
“Due to the spring downpours we have had to delay the public start build date last Saturday. We are anxious to start and now, God willing, the walls will come up on May 7, said Jasmine Brown, marketing manager for Habitat for Humanity of Denton County.
“We are saddened to have to continually reschedule volunteers and their shifts but we are happy to have the interest and hope to have a steady schedule soon.”
The build will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Women’s Build Week will continue until May 13.
Preparation for the Woman’s Build and construction of the Acevedo home began between thunderstorms over the past two weeks. The construction site was leveled, plumbing roughed in and the foundation poured.
Brown said the Acevedo family’s story has produced a lot of interest in the project in the community. Volunteers are driven by the individual families and their unique stories, she said.
Bunny Hodges, director of Ruth’s House, has donated more than $1.5 million from furniture and home good sales to Habitat for Humanity. She will have volunteers on hand Saturday.
“Ruth’s House is essential in the success of our program,” said construction site manager Roger Anderson.
It typically takes two months for completion of a Habitat for Humanity home to rise from the dirt. Habitat for Humanity welcomes volunteers all types of duties, whether it’s helping with the construction itself or passing out drinks and food to other volunteers. Children are also welcome as specific duties and assignments are delegated to little ones.
“We have waivers to sign and rules to follow, but all ages are encouraged to participate,” said Anderson.