DES MOINES, IOWA (June 17, 2014) – On Saturday, June 21, Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity (Greater Des Moines Habitat) will hold a home dedication for the house built through the Hammers and Heels Women Build this spring and summer. The event will be held at 10:00 a.m. at 1505 17th Street.
The home was the eighth Women Build home completed in Des Moines since Greater Des Moines Habitat began participating in Hammers and Heels. The build began on April 29 and ran through mid-June.
Although Hammers and Heels is open to all volunteers, women lead the effort. This year, more than 200 women from the Des Moines community participated in the event. Many women shared that they learned new skills and enjoyed working alongside their friends, colleagues and the hard-working family that will purchase the home.
“It was exciting to be a part of helping this family know the joy of owning their own home,” said Michele Brown, 2014 Hammers and Heels Build Chair and past volunteer. “It was very uplifting to see so many women take part in the build, and for some, finding they had skills they never knew.”
Hammers and Heels Women Build sponsors included Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines and Wells Fargo, which both provided generous funding and dozens of volunteers. Additional sponsors included the City of Des Moines and Polk County Housing Trust Fund.
Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers all year long to help provide homeownership opportunities for 30 families in 2014. Sign up to volunteer at gdmhabitat.org/volunteer.
About Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity
Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry that brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Hard-working families apply for partnership with Habitat for Humanity based on three criteria: need for housing, ability to pay and willingness to partner. At closing, families purchase their home through an affordable mortgage. Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity is also focused on neighborhood revitalization through its Rock the Block® program, which assists residents with home repairs, maintenance and weatherization. Rock the Block® efforts are focused primarily in Des Moines neighborhoods where residents and other stakeholders agree to work closely with GDM Habitat for Humanity to improve their community. For more information visit www.gdmhabitat.org.