Single mom earns home during National Women Build Week

- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando is celebrating its 7th annual National Women Build Week. The national project is a week long event that invites women to devote at least one day to help families build strength, stability and independence through housing.

Dozens of women hammered away Thursday morning, putting sidings for a 3-bedroom 1-bathroom house on College Drive. It’s for Rhonza Howard and her 3 teenage boys. This year’s Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week is dedicated to the Howard family.

Ivy Guardiola works with Howard at Florida Hospital and couldn’t be happier to help build her co-worker’s new dream home. “She’s a fighter and what we admire most is that she wants to do better for herself and for her family,” said volunteer and Howard’s friend Guardiola.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando Senior Director of Resource Development Jennifer Gallagher said Rhonza Howard was accepted in their program because of her need. “Our habitat homeowner is currently living in a 2-bedroom apartment with her boys. She has 3 teenage boys, you can imagine the space that they take up, and she’s currently sleeping on the couch to allow them to have the bedrooms,” Gallagher said.

The family will have a zero interest mortgage and will soon become new home owners in the Butler Preserve community. This is one out of 33 homes Habit for Humanity will build in the area this year and all this week, it’s about the ladies coming together to help others in need.

“We as women are strong and we can make a positive impact in the communities and for ourselves,” said Guardiola.

Lowe's donated $2 million-dollars to this national week long project in addition to teaching volunteers construction skills at their stores.

The Howard family will be able to move in their brand new home in a few months.

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