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May 5, 2014

Women come together for Habitat build

Working for the Habitat for Humanity for several years has taught Kyle Malone a little about building a home.

“I’ve done siding, roofing, painting, sawing — I’ve learned how to do about everything,” Malone said outside her future home, a three-bedroom, two-story house on North Wabash Avenue.

“It will be helpful for me in the future so I will be able to do some of these things myself,” she said of the construction skills she’s acquired.

Malone, a volunteer herself at last year’s Women’s Build on Apperson Way North, has volunteered more than 250 hours for Habitat for Humanity, which is the requirement for applying for a house.

With Malone’s assistance, 28 women and five men, pounded hammers, put up siding, put in plumbing and wiring in hopes of completing the remodel as part of this year’s Women’s Build sponsored by Lowe’s.

“I’m very exciting to see the community come together and work so hard,” she said.

“We’re all excited and ready to move in,” she said of her and her two kids.

“My 4-year-old realizes what’s going on and is anxious and excited to move in. She keeps saying, ‘can we move in yet?’”

Mark Sloss, executive director for Habitat for Humanity, said they started the remodel in September, but due to harsh winter, the job is taking more time than expected.

Sloss said while most of the women are new to construction, several of the women completed a workshop through Lowe’s to teach them about safely operating power tools.

“They’re looking forward to getting out and living on their own,” Sloss said of Malone and her two kids.

Ashley Shanks, one of a group of women from the Gilead House, was hard at work sawing trimming for the siding on the outside of the master bedroom.

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