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Women take over Habitat for Humanity build site for special build program

Orleans News

A nail is a nail, no matter who holds the hammer.

“Whether it’s a male or a female, hammer, nail going into the board – gender doesn’t really matter,” said paramedic Tracy Levesque, a member of the Women in Emergency and Protective Services build team with Habitat for Humanity. She’s completed multiple renovations, and is comfortable navigating her way around a construction site.

But there’s still something special about getting a group of women together to complete a special women’s build project at the Habitat for Humanity site on Cousineau Street in Orléans.

“They’re all really committed. We understand single women, and families. We get it,” said team captain Nadine Leduc. “And that’s why women work as hard as we do. We get it.”

The team was on site on Oct. 7 for one of their two build days.

As a part of the women’s build project, all-female teams will complete the fundraising and work equivalent to building one house in Orléans. There are four houses being built on the site – two semi-detached homes, and two single family homes.

Because of the way the site is structured, it wasn’t feasible to have the women just work on one home, because they need to have certain construction phases finished in a particular order.

Teams are usually composed of 10 members, and asked to raise $10,000 – though the Women in Emergency and Protective Services team is larger, about 18 members, and has raised closer to $20,000.

Each team is booked to come and work on the house for the day, under supervision of a site supervisor.

All help on the homes is appreciated, and Leduc said it’s a bonus that the young children, some of them girls, moving into the homes get to see women working.

“We want to show the girls that women can be in non-traditional working roles and careers,” she said.

There are almost 200 women participating in the women’s build project this year.

To create the team, Leduc had an email sent out for volunteers who were willing to both participate in build days, and fundraising efforts.

Fundraisers have ranged from evening events to bake sales, and months of fundraising went into getting the team to their first build day.

 It also gave them a chance to work alongside some of the future home owners.

Habitat for Humanity doesn’t give houses away, but offers pre-screened and selected families a chance to purchase them through an affordable, zero-interest payment plan.

“They’re out there hammering with us,” Leduc said of those who will eventually end up living in the homes. “I love it.”


But there’s still something special about getting a group of women together to complete a special women’s build project at the Habitat for Humanity site on Cousineau Street in Orléans.

“They’re all really committed. We understand single women, and families. We get it,” said team captain Nadine Leduc. “And that’s why women work as hard as we do. We get it.”

The team was on site on Oct. 7 for one of their two build days.

As a part of the women’s build project, all-female teams will complete the fundraising and work equivalent to building one house in Orléans. There are four houses being built on the site – two semi-detached homes, and two single family homes.

Because of the way the site is structured, it wasn’t feasible to have the women just work on one home, because they need to have certain construction phases finished in a particular order.

Teams are usually composed of 10 members, and asked to raise $10,000 – though the Women in Emergency and Protective Services team is larger, about 18 members, and has raised closer to $20,000.

Each team is booked to come and work on the house for the day, under supervision of a site supervisor.

All help on the homes is appreciated, and Leduc said it’s a bonus that the young children, some of them girls, moving into the homes get to see women working.

“We want to show the girls that women can be in non-traditional working roles and careers,” she said.

There are almost 200 women participating in the women’s build project this year.

To create the team, Leduc had an email sent out for volunteers who were willing to both participate in build days, and fundraising efforts.

Fundraisers have ranged from evening events to bake sales, and months of fundraising went into getting the team to their first build day.

 It also gave them a chance to work alongside some of the future home owners.

Habitat for Humanity doesn’t give houses away, but offers pre-screened and selected families a chance to purchase them through an affordable, zero-interest payment plan.

“They’re out there hammering with us,” Leduc said of those who will eventually end up living in the homes. “I love it.”

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