Habitat launches skills workshop for women

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV
Habitat launches skills workshop for women

Rachel Mathias is learning all about power tools and construction.
The Napanee mother of two says she’ll need the skills and knowledge as she works her way to becoming a first time homeowner, thanks to Habitat for Humanity.

Rachel Mathias-Future Home Owner

“Being able to put money into something we own and not have to walk away and put all that money in the landlords pocket is going to be wonderful. To give the kids that sense of stability, knowing that they’re not going to be uprooted and taken away from their friends and their school again is huge for them.”

The Mathias family is one of three local families who will receive a home built by Habitat for Humanity this summer.  Almost all the people who help build the homes are volunteers.  So for the first time the nonprofit is offering a 4 week construction workshop geared towards women.

Clip-Susan Zambonin, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Kignston & Limestone
“A lot of women I’ll tell them that we’re doing a women build and they’ll say oh that’s a great idea but i don’t know how to build anything. It’s convincing the women that we can teach them and they’ll feel confident on the build site.

This workshop is open to women 16 and older … teaching them basic skills required to build a utility shed.  Measuring, cutting and framing.

Jonna Semple
“All the homes built by Habitat for Humanity are completely done with hammers and nails– giving volunteers the satisfaction of building everything by hand.”

Deborah Dowker is a volunteer with Habitat and says there’s no better way to give back to the community.

Deborah Dowker, Volunteer, Family Resource Committee
“It’s a win-win situation where you can walk away at the end of the day with a sense of pride in helping your community and helping a family realize their dream.”

The Habitat workshops will take place starting the 23rd and will run once a week for 4 weeks…. encouraging women to learn construction skills and give back to local people like Mathias.

Jonna Semple, CKWS News– Kingston



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