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Habitat’s Women Build Week helps a Patterson Street family

Kathy Risher and Jamal James work on front door on May 7. Photos by Rick Tobin

Kathy Risher and Jamal James work on front door on May 7. Photos by Rick Tobin

Women volunteering with Colleton Habitat for Humanity during the sixth annual National Women Build Week headed to Patterson Street in Walterboro, on Tuesday, May 7, and Saturday, to ensure that a family in need of safe, decent and affordable housing got the help they needed.

The house repairs coincided with National Women’s Build Week.

“We were looking forward to National Women’s Build Week and the opportunity to engage more women in our work,” said Tasha Moses, executive director of Colleton Habitat. She noted Saturday that volunteers replaced old siding on the house with Hardiplank siding, which is much more durable than wood. The team also replaced doors, windows, painted the entire exterior of the residence, and added a deck to the side of the house.

“We invited women of all construction levels to join us on the build site and take the clinics last month, which were hosted by Lowe’s.” The Free clinics were open to women interested in volunteering at any local Women Build site during National Women Build Week. Attendees learned home construction basics and had the opportunity to practice their new skills. The clinics took place at Lowe’s of Dorchester at 9600 Dorchester Road in Summerville.

Lowe’s contributed more than $1.75 million to National Women Build Week and provided $5,000 in Lowe’s gift cards to more than 300 participating affiliates. National Women Build Week is one of the major initiatives supported through Lowe’s five-year, $20 million pledge to Habitat.

Colleton Habitat for Humanity has built six homes and completed three rehab projects in Colleton County. Families reside in these safe, decent, affordable homes. Habitat’s unique approach to low-cost homeownership relies on owner sweat equity, donor generosity, volunteer labor, and an interest-free mortgage.

Colleton Habitat for Humanity participated in the National Women Build Week May 4-12 by completing critical home repairs for the Mitchell family on Patterson Street in Walterboro. Ms. Mitchell is a widow, caring for her five grandchildren and disabled adult son.

Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowes’ Toolbox for Education program, has donated more than $34 million to 7,500 K-12 public schools, benefiting more than four million schoolchildren. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and the American Red Cross. In 2012, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.

Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 600,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help.

Tasha noted that, during the renovations on the house, many volunteers, some of them from the Target Store out of Charleston, helped with the work. She added that Ronald Barrett, owner of Top Notch Construction, was the construction supervisor of the project. She also noted that the local Hardee’s Restaurant provided free breakfast, and Quiznos served lunch to the volunteers at no cost to them.