Zach Srnis

Special Correspondent

Lorain County’s Habitat for Humanity will hold the 10th annual Women Build Week from May 6 to May 14. Habitat for Humanity will host several events in the lead-up to, and during the week of May 6. The week-long event is aimed at eradicating poverty housing by empowering women to build homes while providing them with key skills. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn to lay bricks and raise walls, among a variety of other tasks.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in two separate events; She Shed Build Workshops and Lowe’s Women Build How-to Training.

“The purpose of the event is for women to learn a valuable skill that will give them a better understanding of home repair,” said Tami Smith, an entrepreneur and business student at Lorain County Community College who serves on the committee for Women Build Week. “Women do not always have this skill and it forces them to rely on others to do the work for them.”

The She Shed Build Workshops will take place on every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. from April 11 through May 4. Attendees will help construct a shed that will be raffled off in support of Women Build Week. Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, located on Rice Industrial Pkwy. in Amherst, will be hosting these sessions. The workshop will be a way for women to learn the skills that are necessary to do repairs with woodwork, according to Smith. There is a $25 registration fee and each person will receive a raffle ticket for the She Shed and a t-shirt.

Additionally, Lowe’s Home Improvement Store in Lorain will be hosting the Women Build How-to Training event on May 6 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Registration is free and the session will cover a diverse range of topics, from how to properly use power tools, framing walls and roofs, to installing siding.

The She Shed Women Build Raffle will be held on May 13, and guests will have the chance to win tools, among other prizes, Smith said. Raffle tickets are one for $5 or five for $20 and can be purchased at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Amherst.

“We will be giving out gloves, hard hats, and other useful items that they may or may not have,” said Smith. “Some of the women do not have the items at their disposal, so we want to help them out as best we can.”

When hiring any repair-related work, women can often settle for the price that they are given because they don’t know how to do the work on their own.

“Some ladies have never touched a tool in their life,” said Smith. “The event will allow them to learn the right techniques that will give them the option to do the work themselves instead of paying someone else.”

Lastly, the Women Build project takes place on May 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., according to Kelly La Rosa, the executive director of Lorain County Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers are encouraged to give at least an hour of their time to help build a home for families in need.

The project will feature the construction of two houses that will each include four bedrooms and two baths.

“The event will have over 50 women helping to build the homes,” La Rosa said.

It has not yet been determined which families will move into the homes, and anyone who applies for the homes must have clean credit, according to La Rosa.

“They also can’t currently be owners of land. The project is for those that don’t have a place of their own,” La Rosa said.

The families need to put a down payment on the house but will save money due to the free labor and materials to build it, according to La Rosa.

The houses will be located on Warden Avenue in Elyria.

Those who are interested in the event or have further questions can contact Kelly La Rosa at 440-984-3343 ext. 1004 or email her at kelly@habitatoflorainco.org.