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In the pink at Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build

They’re calling themselves “the sisterhood of the pink hard hats.” More than 200 women came together over Mother’s Day weekend to help build a Habitat home in Delray Beach.

The volunteers spent 800 hours over Mother’s Day weekend and raised $322,000 for construction materials.

“This is more than bricks and mortar,” Habitat’s Kari Oeltjen said at the March kickoff in Boca. She introduced two mother-daughter teams involved in the project.

The future homeowners are a housekeeper at Abbey Delray South and her daughter, an oncology nurse at Delray Medical Center.

Volunteers raise the trusses at Habit for Humanity of South Palm Beach County’s women’s build on Mothers Day.

“My mother left Haiti at 22. She had three girls. When she split from my father, we were homeless for five months,” daughter Jesse said at the kickoff.  “Now you’re blessing her with a home of her own.” [Privacy laws preclude last names.]

The family had to put “sweat equity” in the house and qualify for the build.

RCC Associates General Contractors president and CEO Beverly Raphael Altman and her daughter Robyn Raphael-Dynan co-chaired the initiative. They were supported by a dozen women philanthropists, business owners and community leaders. Among them were Boca Raton Airport Authority member Cheryl Budd, Kaufman-Lynn Construction’s Ethel Issacs Williams and Kaye Communications’ Bonnie Kaye.

The women volunteers for Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County’s Women Build 2019 also revitalized three other homes and Missionary Baptist Church. They were under the guidance of 30 Habitat construction professionals and crew leaders.

Together they raised 32 roof trusses, secured more than 50 sheets of plywood and hammered upwards of 3,000 hurricane straps and roof nails.


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