Habitat sets ‘Women Build’ luncheon dates

(Photo: Habitat for Humanity website)

COOKEVILLE – Upper Cumberland Habitat for Humanity (UCHFH) will be hosting two free informational lunches for women interested in being a part of the Women Build 2020 campaign. The luncheons will be held at noon on Jan. 15 at Progressive Savings Bank and Jan. 16 at First National Bank. 

Women Build 2020 has set a goal of having 30 teams and raising $75,000. To meet this incredible goal, UCHFH invites every woman who reads this to attend a meeting to find out more.

Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, underwritten by Lowe’s, recruits, educates and inspires women to build—and advocate for—simple, decent and affordable housing in their communities. Women have the capability and determination necessary to build Habitat for Humanity houses, addressing the problem of substandard housing in a concrete way so that families have safe, decent and affordable homes. 

Poverty housing is a severe threat to children’s health, growth and potential. According to the Census Bureau, in the United States more than 16 million children are living in poverty. Women volunteers boost Habitat’s capacity to build more houses and serve more families. This will be the sixth “Women Build” home in Putnam County.

Single mom Kayla Jacobs works for the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in Corrections. She has three children and is excited to begin the process of building her home.

“I can hardly believe we are so close!” said Jacobs. “I’m so grateful to all the women who will come forward and help me build my Habitat home.”

According to organizers, Women Build is also a terrific way to involve women of all ages in crucial work with a lasting impact. Women helping women sends a positive and powerful message. The atmosphere is collaborative and friendly.

The Women Build 2020 committee is looking for more sponsors, team leaders and individuals who would like to be a part of building strength and stability in the Cookeville community. Register with Melissa Parks at 931-528-1711 ext. 7 or email melissa@uchabitat.org by Jan. 9.

Upper Cumberland Habitat for Humanity constructs and sells homes to qualified low-income families. Serving both Overton and Putnam County, UCHFH is a non-profit Christian housing ministry that builds simple, decent and affordable homes in partnership with God and families in need.

UCHFH has recently expanded in Overton County with a repair program called Neighbor 2 Neighbor. N2N is for residents of Putnam and Overton counties who need repairs done to a home that they currently own and live in. To learn more about the ministry of UCHFH or to donate visit www.uchabitat.org or call 931-528-1711.

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