“Home is where the heart is” rang true, as 28 volunteers used its hearts to give a Taylor woman a new home Wednesday, Sept. 11.
The volunteers, 18 of which were women, built a home for Flor Candelario, who is currently living in an apartment with air conditioning problems.
Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County is a program that builds homes for individuals in dire need of housing and the build, also hosted by Habitat, is a gathering of mostly women that build homes for other women in need. The group has built 162 homes throughout the county.
Habitat for Humanity Resource Development Director Nicole Vommaro said the volunteers started construction with setting all the walls of the home.
Also in attendance was Commissioner Valerie Covey, who Vommaro said was on site volunteering during the entire women build day.
“Valerie has volunteered on several Habitat home builds in Williamson County and regularly attends Habitat Women Build events,” she said. “She really enjoys the work and loves that the Habitat families are they’re putting in their sweat equity hours and building their homes with the volunteers.”
The build day ended with lunch on site provided by the Hospitality Circle of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Taylor and a Q&A with Habitat staff.
Future homeowner, Candelario was there and put in her sweat equity hours and enjoyed building her home with all the women build volunteers.
Vommaro said women build continues to provide a great opportunity for women to take a pro-active step in building stronger communities in Williamson County.
“It is a rewarding experience that brings women together in a collaborative and friendly atmosphere where they can learn a new skill or add some news ones to their tool belts,” she said.
Habitat will continue to build in Taylor in January at 1306 Marshall Street with the House That Beer Built, which is home-building collaboration between Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County, TX and the craft brewing community. This home will be for a single mom and her three children and will be fully funded.