Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity sets annual Women Build
Honorary Women Build Chairman Elizabeth Wilson and other volunteers will frame a house at 11132 SW 37 for Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity’s 18th annual Women Build on March 2, for homebuyer and single mother Ariel Beasley and her son.
Through hard work, an unwavering faith and the support of dedicated mentors, Beasley said she turned her life around, overcoming addiction and homelessness. Now a mentor herself, Beasley said the new Habitat home will give her and her son stability, so she can continue showing others how they, too, can transform their lives.
“We are so grateful to be where we are today and especially to be given this opportunity. We have come such a long way through the help and support of the people who have lifted us up over the past few years,” she said. “As a mother, I can’t wait to have a safe place for my son and somewhere we can start making lasting memories together. What an enormous blessing.”
Wilson is is a member and past president of the Oklahoma City Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club, a major supporter of this year’s Women Build.
“Central Oklahoma Habitat has been the inspiration for me to understand that God blesses everyone in his way,” she said. “As this year’s honorary Women Build chair, I look forward to helping fulfill Habitat’s mission to help families build strength, stability and independence through housing.
“Pi Beta Phi was founded in 1867, a time when women had very limited choices. They had few educational opportunities, few lifestyle choices and lacked even the right to vote. “The founders of Pi Phi had the vision to understand that as women, we are stronger when we work together. It is in that spirit of sisterhood that we come together to help another woman on her journey to independence.”
Construction on the Women Build home will take place over eight subsequent weekends, with a home dedication ceremony set for June 8. Volunteers typically commit to work one Saturday, rather than the full eight weeks. Anyone interested in volunteering or making a monetary donation can call 232-4828 or go to YourHabitatHome.com.
“We are truly excited to have Elizabeth’s leadership and the involvement of all our supporters for Women Build,” said Ann Felton Gilliland, Central Oklahoma Habitat chairman and CEO. “That’s why we hold this annual event — not only to help end poverty housing, but also to spotlight the housing challenges women face right here in our community.”
About Women Build
Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity adopted the national Women Build program more than a decade ago. The Women Build program started in 1991 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has grown across international borders. The program empowers women everywhere who want to learn construction skills and build homes, while addressing the housing crisis facing millions of women and children worldwide.
About Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity
Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that provides affordable housing for hardworking, limited-income families. The organization has built 958 new homes in Central Oklahoma since 1990, all sold at cost and with no interest charged. For more information, visit cohfh.org or call 405-232-4828.