Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build


It was a warm, early May, morning. The sun beat down as the AmeriCorps members started the exterior framing on a house in Deer Park with Habitat for Humanity Spokane’s Women Build.

Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week is a weeklong event, [where] women devote at least one day to the effort to eliminate poverty housing (http://www. habitat. org/wb/national_women_build_ week.aspx).

AmeriCorps members Royann LaSarte, Heather Ramsey, and Alex VanderHouwen went out to Deer Park, WA to participate in the Spokane Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week. They framed the windows and doors and then applied the insulating foam sheets they would be applying as a means to maintain the highest level of energy conservation during extreme weather conditions.

During this experience, they met two of the future homeowners. Homeowners are required to put in ‘sweat equity toward their own homes which is a requirement to gain a home through Habitat. One of them was nearly done with her hours.

Once the framing was done, Heather, Royann, and Alex started the more difficult task of sizing the foam pads.


“This was extremely difficult. The wind had picked up and was trying to take these giant sheets right out of our hands.” Alex recalled, “Once we got the hang of how to cut them to size and shape, we set them up and nailed them on.”

The house is not complete, but AmeriCorps helped a family toward a new home.

Written by Alex VanderHouwen, AmeriCorps