Home for the Holidays -- Built and Funded Primarily by Women

December 1, 2016

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County will dedicate the homes of Omega Smith and Ronea Hopkins on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 6:00 p.m. at 949 Skinner Drive in Raleigh. The event is open to the public. The Smith home is Habitat Wake’s 2016 Home for the Holidays, and is one of 60 homes Habitat Wake is building this year. Both homes were built and funded primarily by women as part of Habitat Wake’s Women Build program and will be dedicated together.

This is the seventh consecutive year that Habitat Wake has participated in Women Build, a national Habitat for Humanity program which builds affordable homes primarily funded and constructed by women. Construction on the homes began in late August. Teams of volunteers have constructed the homes for the past 10 weeks.  

The 2016 Women Build sponsors include Wells Fargo as the Title Sponsor, Builders Mutual Insurance Company as Lead Sponsor, and Womble Carlyle, Genworth Mortgage Insurance, and Duke Raleigh Hospital as Patron sponsors, in addition to other corporate and grassroots teams. “We’re pleased to return as the Title Sponsor of the Women Build program, which encourages women to step out of their comfort zone, learn new skills, and build a safe, affordable home alongside a deserving family,” said Carrie Gray, Vice President of Community Relations at Wells Fargo.

Kevin Campbell, President/CEO of Habitat Wake, stated “Homeownership will help position these families for long-term success. This process will be transformational for the Smith and Hopkins families, and is a rewarding experience for the future homeowners and the volunteers who helped build the homes.”