Did you know that 57 percent of Walton County residents can't afford to live in the county? And, 75 percent of those are single moms.
"That means that three out of four women can't afford to live in Walton County," said Teresa Imdieke, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Walton County.
Imdieke and Habitat Walton County invited women to get their hands dirty with their Women Builders to make a difference in the lives of the two Walton County families. Approximately 30 women and a few male helpers came together on Dec. 1 to help two struggling families, one of which is a single mom, to have a home they can call their own.
From 8 a.m. until noon the group helped build safe and affordable Habitat Homes No. 47 and 48 in Santa Rosa Beach.
The women worked all morning installing siding and shelving, hanging doors, painting, and more.
Women Build is a movement of women from all professions, ages, races, and neighborhoods who empower and unite one another around the cause of affordable homeownership in Walton County. More than one of the volunteers came from her home at Sandestin to join in.
"I think everybody should be able to own a home," volunteer Marilyn Levesque told The Sun. "I know one of the families, and these girls have never had separate bedrooms."
Levesque was referring to single-mom Sam Garrick and her two young daughters, who will receive home No. 47.
The Shaw family will receive home No. 48.
Imdieke invites all women to mark their calendars for Women Build Week 2018. The week-long event kicks off May 4 with Hard Hats & High Heels women's empowerment luncheon and continues through May 13.