The 140th Habitat for Humanity Owensboro home is almost complete. Located at 1688 Parkdale South, this project was done as part of the annual Women’s Build.
The kick-off for the women’s build was earlier this summer and was led by five women construction leaders who came and joined the Owensboro group from Lexington.
Executive director Virginia Braswell this groups come every other year to lead a women’s build-a-thon weekend.
“We get the house framed with them and many local women,” she said. “After that weekend, it becomes a women’s build with a few good men.
Braswell said the 140th Habitat home was built as a tribute to Margaret A. Moore.
“She left her legacy to build this house,” she said.
Braswell said there were lots of generous donors helping with this house. Along with products donated by local businesses, she said there were hours donated by local volunteers.
The home should be ready for the family to close in early September.
The homeowner-to-be is Nivea Malone and her two children.
During the process of the build, she contributed 350 hours of “sweat equity.”
“We’re very excited about our new home although it can be a little stressful,” Malone said. “My daughter is most excited because she’s never had her own room.”
Malone said Habitat for Humanity is a blessing because they offer an opportunity for families To finally be able to own your own home instead of renting.
“People don’t understand that there is a big difference between the two,” she said. “I’ve been in the same four-block radius for more than 16 years so it was time for a change. Habitat has allowed me to see that as long as your willing to work hard for what you want in time it will come. I can’t say how much I appreciate the program and the people that are apart of it that make it happen.”