For two weekends, Oct. 19-20 and Nov. 2-3, women-only
construction crews will be measuring, cutting and nailing what will become a
brand new home for a South County family in need of housing. The “Women
Constructing Hope” program is an extension of South County Habitat for
Humanity, which organizes volunteers to build homes from the ground up for
local residents in need.
On Oct. 19, Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts and former president and general manager of WJAR-TV, Lisa Churchville will join South County Habitat at the build. During this weekend, plans are to raise the the first floor walls of the home and prepare for the second floor, which will be done the weekend of Nov. 2-3.
A ground-breaking ceremony was held on Sept. 28 on the site
of the future home at 130 Old North Road in Kingston to commence the build that
will provide safe, comfortable and affordable housing for disabled Army
National Guard veteran James LeShane and daughter Mary Catherine. The home will be part of a 4-house
Habitat development in Kingston’s Old North Village, and should be occupied in
the early summer of 2014.
No construction experience is necessary to participate, just a willingness to learn and to help a family in need. Team leaders will be on-site both weekends to provide training and support to volunteers who may need a little help channeling their inner Bob Villa, Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor or Bob the Builder - depending on your preference. In addition, lunch will be provided to all volunteers each day.
Want to get involved? Volunteers are greatly needed and can sign up by clicking here, visiting www.southcountyhabitat.org or by contacting South County Habitat Business Manager Courtney O'Keefe at (401) 213-6711 or Courtney@SouthCountyHabitat.org.