According to the Walton County Habitat for Humanity, 74 percent of single mothers cannot afford the basic necessities to live here.
Teresa Imdieke, executive director of the Walton chapter, is on a mission to empower local women and help them to better be able to take care of themselves.
"It's important to empower women to know that we can do anything men can do," said Imdieke. "It's expensive to hire someone to do things around the house, so, we want to teach women how to do things for themselves."
Habitat For Humanity of Walton County is hosting its third Women Build Week from May 5-13, sporting again the logo "Girls play house, women build them."
Women are invited to come out on May 5 or May 8 from to help build Habitat Home 50 on Tulip Avenue in DeFuniak Springs for a single mother. Attendees on these days will also be treated to a power-tool demonstration. The fun begins at 9 a.m.
On May 7 from 8 - 11 a.m., then again from noon to 3 p.m., women who want to learn to become handier can participate in a do-it-yourself project transforming old pallets of wood into functional décor. Attendees will be led in creating a mini succulent planter box or wall mug rack and learn how to recycle items found at the ReStore while supporting Habitat's Mission. Cost to attend is $20.
May 10 will mark Habitat's 2nd annual Hard Hats and High Heels women's empowerment luncheon at Trebeache in Blue Mountain, where ladies will be welcomed with a signature cocktail and can snap photos in the Construction & Couture photo booth while an empowering playlist is spun by DJ 30A. There will be raffles, a silent auction of repurposed pieces from Habitat's ReStore, and five local artists/designers will display custom upcycled furniture and home décor. The designers include 2017 Walton County Artist of the Year Marisol Gullo of Not Too Shabby Boutique; Maxine Orange Bern of Maxine Orange Art & Design; Jennifer Jones of Compass Builders of Florida; Kim Pall of Kim Pall Art & Design; and Lee Hensley of Lola's on 30A.
A plate lunch will be served as awards by local artist Velia Lala are presented, then, this year's "Who Built You Up?" guest speaker, Laurie Beck, will share her personal story of overcoming odds and obstacles. All attendees will receive a Silver Sands shoulder tote filled with gifts and treats from local boutiques and businesses. Cost to attend is $45. Purchase tickets at WaltonCountyHabitat.org/WomenBuild.
Men and women can support Habitat by honoring a mother on Mother's Day with a Mother's Day card custom created by a local artist, which Habitat will address and mail. Cards are $20. Order by May 9.
Women's Build Week will end with an Empowerment Brunch at Bistro Bijoux on Mother's Day.
Habitat for Humanity Walton County's annual Women Build Week is a movement of women from all professions, ages, races and neighborhoods who empower and unite one another around the cause of affordable homeownership. By raising funds and raising walls, women builders are giving homeowners a hand up, not a handout, helping them achieve financial and housing stability, and in turn, helping their children.