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Women Build Fundraising Inspiration

Every gift made towards Women Build 2019 can unlock a family's future.

Women Build Fundraising Inspiration

Every gift made towards Women Build 2019 can unlock a family's future!

Meet four women whose lives are now changed, thanks to Women Build! Gilana, Coreen, Maggie, and Mona, are all single moms who worked with us to build and buy a local affordable home in a safe neighborhood. During Women Build 2018 our teams worked on all four of their homes!

During Women Build 2019, our teams will be working on renovating a 110-year-old home located at 172 Concord Street in Holliston. View photo slideshows below of two local affordable homes that started as renovation projects and are now safe and affordable homes for local families. As a Women Build team member you will see and experience the home in Holliston at the very start of our renovation process!

Inspirational HomeOwner Stories

Gilana’s story: Before moving into their affordable home in Northborough, Gilana and her son Aaron lived with her parents and brother in a two bedroom house. She shared one bedroom with her son and her brother, with a sheet dividing the room.

Gilana worked with us to renovate and buy an affordable home in a safe neighborhood in Northborough.

After settling into their new Habitat home, Aaron had these words to say, “I feel great every day I come home and can say “home, sweet home.” Aaron is holding the key to their new home in this photo.

Coreen's story: “We were chosen for a house that was being rehabbed and given a second chance, just like me and my boys were rebuilding our lives. The Habitat home and my family were made for each other. Watching my boys play in our yard with our dog is such an incredible feeling. They can walk to the library and ride their bikes to the park with friends. It gives us a feeling of being normal and calm. The best feeling happened just last weekend when we were hiking. My son came up and hugged me and told me he was proud of me. He told me he loved me and how happy he was that I could keep my promise I made to them of having a home.”

Maggie & Mona's story: Maggie, a single Mom with three boys, is the very embodiment of selflessness and compassion even in the face of her own housing crisis. Maggie and her boys were scheduled to move into their forever home in Holliston in November 2017, with the neighboring Habitat home scheduled to be finished in late 2018. When she heard that Mona, a single Mom with two boys who would be her neighbor was homeless, Maggie volunteered to give up her home so Mona and her family could have a safe place to live. With your support, and the hard work of hundreds of volunteers, Maggie’s home—for which she waited an extra ten long months—was completed and dedicated in September of 2018. Maggie can finally say, “Home Sweet Home” for good. With so many unhappy headlines in the news these days, we find Maggie’s sacrifice nothing short of inspiring and courageous.

Maggie’s home—our 50th home build—and the story behind it—are very special indeed.

Inspirational Home Renovations

33-39 main street, northborough

About the Project: The building at 33/35 Main Street contains two condos, each with two bedrooms and one bath, and the bottom unit being handicap accessible. We dedicated these two local affordable homes in June 2018 to Gilana and her son, and Coreen and two boys.

The building at 37/39 Main Street was converted into two larger condos, one with three bedrooms, and the other with five bedrooms. Each unit has two bathrooms. The units are structured as a first floor and second floor home. The first floor unit is handicap accessible.

The street-facing exteriors of the buildings—one of which dates to 1800 – was maintained, brought up to current code and lead paint was removed. Both buildings were built with modern, community fit materials as well as including energy efficient features with an Energy Star Plus rating. The 37/39 building was at one time the Gale General Store in the 1800s. Many historical documents have been unearthed, and given to the Northborough Historical Society, including an old ledger from the store. We love being a part of history, and with Mr. Gale’s love of philanthropy, we like to imagine he would have thought highly of our plan to provide four local families with affordable homes.

79 Kendig Street, Worcester

About the Project: A former community meeting hall located on College Hill, the building and land was donated to Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester by the College Hill Civic Association. The home was designed to be adaptable to the needs of the family, whose three sons, ages 5, 7 and 9, were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and had complicated medical needs.



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