Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity’s 18th Women Build Underway
About 40 women, including honorary Chairman Elizabeth Wilson and more than a dozen Oklahoma City Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club members, volunteered March 2 at Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity’s 18th annual Women Build kickoff.
The women worked alongside Habitat homebuyer and single mother Ariel Beasley building the frame for her new home, which will be in the Johnson Farms addition near SW 44 and Mustang Road in Mustang. The kickoff was indoors, in the shop at Habitat's headquarters, 5005 S Interstate 35 Service Road.
“We had a great turnout and have amazing momentum going into the next eight weeks of construction on this home build for Ariel and her son,” Wilson said.
Beasley, who has experienced homelessness, hit rock bottom when she realized she would lose custody of her son. Through hard work, faith and the support of dedicated mentors at ReMerge Oklahoma, she turned her life around. Today Beasley works in HR at a local energy company and serves as a mentor to other women in the program.
“You can help us continue to shine a light on the housing challenges women face right here in our community by signing up to volunteer one Saturday on the Women Build or making a monetary donation towards this specific cause,” said Ann Felton Gilliland, Central Oklahoma Habitat CEO and chairman.
So far, Women Build supporters have raised one-third of the $90,000 goal, the cost of a new Habitat home. All funds raised support Habitat's mission to build strength, stability, and independence through affordable housing. Each Habitat partner family makes zero-interest monthly payments on their mortgage until the home is paid off.
To sign up to volunteer or make a donation, go to www.cohfh.org or call 232-4828.