Nacogdoches women say they can swing a hammer, too

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Habitat for Humanity advertises Women Build Day by saying right up front, "no experience necessary," even when it comes to putting a roof over someone's head.

"I actually didn't know what this paper was," volunteer Kayla Deck said. "I thought it was just paper, but actually it's called felt."

The knowledge is put to work real fast. There are no prerequisites to participate in Women Build Day, but there sure is a graduation requirement. Every woman has to use a power tool.

The opportunity brings a smile to a Lowe's volunteer.

"This is my first time," another volunteer said. "I don't even know what this thing is, but it's DuWalt. We sell these at Lowe's."

The women learn of handy tools used on the job site. It's afterward they discover a tool they can use for a lifetime.

"The tools of some knowledge and that's one of the great things our client, our partner family, gets," said Miki Lynn, the Humanity executive director, "is the knowledge of how their house is put together and they ability to maybe take care of it a little better."

Linnie Gallow promises to take care of the home she's buying. The single mom of two teen daughters is helping build her home. She's also building confidence.

"Even after my house is built, I will still continue to help to build other houses," Gallow said.

Before long all the women measure up as Habitat for Humanity home builders. The bonus is they're also building lives.

Habitat is building two homes on North Ritchie Street. Volunteers can drop by on any Saturday to learn how to help out. Just look for all the cars and listen for the hammering.

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