Habitat for Humanity to hold second 'Women Build'

"As time goes on, people see the outside of the house and they say, 'They don't need volunteers, the house is done,'" Williams said. "The house is still not done on the inside. At the end, it's very hard to find the people to come in and finish the house."

No experience is necessary to work hands-on with Habitat. Training is provided and construction is done in very specific stages.

Preconstruction for the Women Build is set to begin Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Public ceremonies

Loretta Green couldn't stop smiling when close friends, family, volunteers and board members came to celebrate her new finished home at a dedication held this past Saturday.

"It's a nice way to usher the family into their house signaling the closing of the project," said Kristen Brandt, resource development director. The family receives a Bible, and the house gets blessed.

Habitat is a Christian-based organization that is ecumenical in its efforts.

"We work with all people from all walks of life regardless who they are," Williams said. "If they show economic need, they have the ability that they can afford the mortgage and they're willing to partner -- work their "sweat equity" -- and work with the organization, then we build houses in partnership with these folks."

Next week, soon-to-be homeowner Vickie Wade and her family will experience the thrill of a groundbreaking for her new home on Grand Avenue in Syracuse.

"Before [the build] is a groundbreaking ceremony where we bless the project," Brandt said. "It's a good way to kick off whatever house we're working on."

Wade is thrilled to be a first-time homeowner and attributes much of her success to her faith and perseverance.

"It was like a dream come true," she said. "I always wanted my own house. I know through God all things are possible and when I heard the good news I just jumped for joy."

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