Construction at Habitat for Humanity’s 211 Slimmon Rd. Women Build project is progressing with the help of members of Global Saskatoon.
Now in its fourth year, the Women Build is meant to empower women and help them develop new skills while feeling comfortable at a work site, according to Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon CEO Barb Cox-Lloyd.
“It gives them the opportunity to come out and help a family . . . get a home in Saskatoon for home ownership,” Cox-Lloyd said.
People of any gender are encouraged to help during the Women Build.
Members of Global News Morning and Global News at 6 were at the location helping create a partition wall that will separate two of the three townhouse units.
“This cause is a good one. It supports families who work hard and deserve a roof over their heads,” said Global News Morning anchor Lisa Dutton.
The Women Build units are designed with accessibility in mind and are tailored to suit the needs of the future homeowners.
“They’re building the hallways and doors bigger for me,” said future homeowner Anita Burzinski, who has multiple sclerosis.
Volunteer groups from various organizations in Saskatoon are helping with the project.
“Everyone does well,” said Max Keys, Habitat for Humanity site supervisor. “I haven’t had a crew yet that doesn’t do exceptional.”
Families are scheduled to move into the Women Build units next summer.
Eventually, 12 units will be situated at 211 Slimmon Rd. in the Lakewood neighbourhood.