Every year Women Builders join together in support of a common mission- building opportunities for women in our community. They remind themselves that empowered women empower women- so they encourage one another, they set goals they can be proud of, and they bond over a common compassion. A compassion for the hardworking single mothers in our community with big dreams!
After a rough year that had an especially big impact on single mothers, Women Builders set their biggest goal yet. To raise $300,000 for affordable housing!
This goal was inspired and kickstarted by the generosity of a new Habitat Seminole-Apopka partner. Stephenie and her husband Scott Bryan reached out to us to see how they could give back in a big way. Their construction company, Bryan Builders, founded in 2010, had grown from 3 to 25 employees and their hard work was paying off. They saw their blessings as an opportunity- an opportunity to give back to others and serve the community! They reached out to Habitat and pledged to give $200,000 and bring their employees in from all over the Southeast to build together. We are so grateful for this new partnership, it is what women build is all about. When successful people in our community give back, the entire community wins!
Though the funding from Women Build supports more than one family, as it goes to our general construction budget, every year Women Builder’s get to know one family currently in the program. The Women Build construction days are scheduled at that family’s home, and volunteers work side by side with the homebuyer on build days. This year’s Women Build Homebuyer is Latesia. Latesia is a single mother with four adult children and a grandbaby. She has worked as a medical assistant in pediatrics for over 15 years now. Her youngest daughter Gamia and her granddaughter Ashlynn will be living in her three-bedroom Habitat home when it is finished!
Check out our fundraising groups for Women Build 2021!!
We would like to recognize our top individual fundraisers for Women Build 2021!
Susan Rich is the team leader of One Florida Bank’s Community Builders. She has been a proud supporter of Habitat Seminole-Apopka for six years now, and has served as the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for two years.
Rose Castano is a proud member of the Wondrous Women. The Wondrous Women has been a Women Build team from the beginning- they are a founding team of Women Build in Seminole County/Apopka. They embody what Women Build is all about- bringing together strong women to lift each other up!
Shanda Lee is a co-leader of the Women Build team at Finfrock Construction. They have supported Habitat year after year and Shanda does a great job leading those efforts both in the office and on the build site!
Lois and Jamie Everett are a mother and daughter fundraising duo! They work together to raise funds year after year for Women Build. It is an amazing opportunity for them to both give back and bond together in service to the community.
We had an amazing time on the build site with Women Builders this year! Check out some of our favorite photo moments!
As you can see this year’s Women Build was a tremendous success. We are so grateful to each and every person who contributed to such a great annual event. Whether you donated $10 to a friend’s page, joined your company on the build site, or personally fundraised $1,000 we are grateful for your contribution to a world where more people have a decent place to live!!