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Habitat for Humanity Women Build 2017
Excitement doesn’t begin to describe Brittany Holley’s reaction as she spoke about being the recipient of this year’s National Habitat For Humanity Women Build 2017 home.
The mission of Habitat For Humanity’s Women Build program is to enable U.S. and International affiliates to recruit, educate and nurture women to build – and advocate for – simple, decent and affordable houses in their communities.
Brittany qualified for the Habitat Homeownership program in March of 2016 and is working hard at completing the requirements of the program. She is a working single mother of three and is going to school to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice. Brittany just received a scholarship from State College of Florida which is specifically targeted for a Habitat homebuyer.
Brittany had everyone in tears as she told her story. “I got so much more than just a home out of this experience. I got a family and an ongoing support system of friends. I can’t thank Habitat For Humanity enough for this life changing gift. Thank to this experience I am determined to reach higher goals than I ever thought possible.”
“It is so rewarding to see Brittany’s excitement and to know the direct impact we will have on her and her family for generations, said co-chair Police Chief Melanie Bevan. “The Bradenton Police Department had a group of thirty participate in the build and in addition to the heartwarming feeling they got from helping Brittany, it was a great way for us to connect with our community. We will definitely do this again.”
“Habitat not only changes the lives of the individuals receiving the home, it changes the way we interact as a community.” said co-chair Dr.Carol Probstfeld. “We are building a community within a community and that’s what brings us together.”
In addition to thanking the 133 women who participated, Director of Construction, Bruce Winter, also thanked the many men who helped with the project.
Guest speaker and Bradenton resident Leita Kaldi Davis worked for the United Nations before joining the Peace Corps at age 55. In May of 2017 Leita won the Lillian Carter Award which is given to Peace Corps Volunteer who enters service over the age of 50.
“The UN Declaration of Human Rights’ mission is to ensure that all humans across the globe have the right to food, education, healthcare, and a safe shelter. Habitat for Humanity helps to provide one of those rights,” said Leita.
On November 4, 2017, at a dedication ceremony, Brittany will receive the keys to her new home!
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