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WHAT IS WOMEN BUILD?

The mission of Habitat’s Women Build program is to enable U.S. and international affiliates to recruit, educate and nurture women to build—and advocate for—simple, decent and affordable houses in their communities.

In achieving this, Women Build brings together women from all walks of life to address the housing crisis facing millions of women and children worldwide. Since becoming a Habitat for Humanity International program in 1998, Women Build projects, fundraising campaigns, and advocacy efforts have taken place in more than 30 countries.

The Women Build program helps Habitat for Humanity build more homes by recruiting women and girls. Women represent a tremendous volunteer pool. Women Build houses provide an opportunity for women to learn construction skills while working on construction crews composed predominantly of women.

In Lawrence, the Women Build program has sponsored five homes, with a sixth being started this fall for Andy and Larissa Brown.

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“God loves a generous heart.”

– Millard Fuller, Habitat founder

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry. It is a partnership founded on common ground: bridging theological differences by putting love and faith into action. 

Our mission and methods are derived from a few key theological concepts:

1. Put Faith Into Action — Habitat provides an opportunity for people to put their faith and love into action.

2. The Economics of Jesus — When we act in response to human need, giving what we have without seeking a profit, we believe God magnifies the effects of our efforts. Habitat’s homes are made possible through volunteers, support and sweat equity from homeowners. 

3. The Theology of the Hammer — Everyone can use a hammer as an instrument to manifest God’s love. Habitat’s founder, the late Millard Fuller, believed that even if people disagree on certain things, everyone can come together to build a home with God’s people in need and use biblical economics of no profit and no interest.

All are welcome.

Lawrence Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity International have an open-door policy. All who desire to be a part of this work are welcome. We have a history and policy of building with people in need, regardless of their religious beliefs. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.

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