The pink, white, and purple

070314a 070314bAs we all get ready to celebrate this awesome holiday of Independence Day we thought it might be fun to share some of the most recent Women Build photos we’ve either taken out on site or received from our teams. A little glimpse at the progress that has taken us to today, where the house is all roofs, walls, and electric lines. (But there’s still a lot of work to do!)

60214WBFoundation14WBFoundation14b60414And as you’re watching the fireworks this weekend, don’t forget to think about how YOU are helping a family with their own sort of independence. Owning your own home is a lot of responsibility, but it also means that you can choose your wall colors, plant a garden in your own yard, and show your children that with hard-work and dedication you CAN do better. Oh the American Dream in all its glory!


WBDig14Be sure to keep us up to date on how YOUR team is doing on site. Don’t forget to tag us in Facebook (@RochesterHabitat) or include us on Twitter (@RocHabitat) and use hashtags #Roc and #WomenBuild to share your good work with the community! And you can always send your photos to Deanna Varble at so we can add your team’s pic to our collection. (Don’t forget to tell her your team name, and send a quick caption.)


Happy Fourth to you all and congrats on making it to over $57,000! Less than $20,000 to our goal!


The Pink Wall

DSC_0843Last Sunday we celebrated with the raising of the pink wall at the 2014 Women Build home.

DSC_0839Teams came up one by one and you all did a fantastic job raising the wall, posing for photos, and giving an incredible round of applause.

DSC_0875Some of you may have given Erwin a little bit of a panic attack with your enthusiasm. But it’s okay, we feel that excited to!

DSC_0896Especially to share that with the donations you have brought in, the Guest Bartender Night from April, and the Lowe’s Women Build Week grant – we have raised over $50,000 for this house!

DSC_0904Along with the wall raising, we got to meet the newest Bailey – Jordyn! Yes, that’s right, Je’nnell had her babe. Isn’t she gorgeous?!

Single_mom_finds_home_through_Habitat_for_Humanity_-_2014-06-11_16.30.13The Democrat and Chronicle had a great summary of the wall raising event in Monday’s paper. You can check it out by clicking here. Be sure to share it with friends and donors! And if you’re looking for MORE photos of the wall raising event, you can find them here at Flower City Habitat’s Facebook page. Share, share, share!

DSC_0813$50,000 means that we only have 1/3 left to go! So if you’re still working on your $200 now’s the time to get the word out! And if you’ve passed your $200 goal, keep the good work coming! Every little bit helps, and all donations that we get beyond the $75,000 we need this year will help us get a jump-start on next year’s house.

DSC_0886Speaking of FUNdraising events, we have some coming up.
See below for information.

Monday, July 21 On Kall Women for Habitat Golf Tourney: Mendon Country Club. 1pm shotgun start with a casual lunch prior included.  The format will be scramble (best ball); looking for a max of 25 teams.  The cost is $400 per foursome, includes lunch, one drink ticket, 18 holes of golf, cart, appetizers after the round.  Cash bar will be available.  We’ll also sell tickets for raffles and possibly opportunities for extra tickets to sell for mulligans, and “have the ace golfer hit for you”.

DSC_0848Thursday, August 14 Calico Hammers “Women Build & Rochester Civic Garden Center Homes & History Fundraiser”, 6-8 pm – more details in next week’s email.  SAVE THE DATE!

One more thing, our thanks to Stephanie Morrow for donating her photography power and grabbing a lot of these shots. We couldn’t look this good without you!

The First Women Build House

WBBook2It’s Thursday, which means if you’re anywhere on social media today you will probably see the hashtag #tbt which means Throwback Thursday. According to the website, know your meme (a site we highly recommend if you’re ever looking to be “in the know” on a web/social media thing) Throwback Thursday as been looming on the web since somewhere between 2003-2006 and it encourages folks to share old photographs of themselves. (See here for more Throwback Thursday history.)

WBBook1Anyway, seeing that we like the fun of a clean internet meme, we thought we’d make today’s Throwback Thursday Women Build related and share with you pieces from a book loaned to us by the incredible Sheila Sloan. Sheila, and others, helped make possible the first Women Build home in 1995.

WBBook6Sunday we raise the wall on out 10th Women Build house in Rochester, (Everyone is welcome! June 8th, 2pm at 796 Jay Street.) and we can’t believe that it was 19 years ago that we finished the first!

WBBook5Ten Women Build houses, which means ten families whose lives have been forever changed thanks to the women leaders who stepped up to say poverty housing is NOT okay, and we will change the housing system to be fair, equitable, and attainable.

WBBook3We will raise our hammers and drills to work alongside families who believe that hard-work does pay off and the American Dream is still possible.

We will come together as women to support families who are working to break out of poverty and provide a better life for their children. We will learn together, work together, believe together in a world where EVERYONE has a decent place to live.





WallRaisingGet your camera batteries charged, ladies because it’s that time again – time for WALL RAISING!

2014 Women Build Wall Raising
Sunday, June 8th
796 Jay Street
Rochester, NY 14611

If you’ve not been to a Women Build wall raising before, this is your chance to get with your team and raise a wall on the Women Build home. It’s a great photo opportunity, a chance to mingle with other Women Build fans, and an opportunity to get out in the neighborhood.

DSCN2802We’ll also be passing out our 2014 Women Build t-shirts to those of you already on a team. If you’re not already on a team, stop on out so we can get you hooked up with an amazingly fun way to give back to your community!

The event is open to the public, so bring your friends, family, or even your donors. We’ll raise that wall as many times as we can. And if you’re the only one who’s able to come from your team – come out anyway. We’ll be sure to get you in on the fun!

Home is where the start is


A great bite-sized article came out today from Habitat World about the benefits of safe, decent, affordable housing and the impact it can have on education, stability, and opportunity.

We know that first hand here in Rochester, NY where 98% of Habitat homeowner children graduate from High School or go on to get their GED.

10306636_10152129710162934_8170404988837772839_nCalico Hammers Women Build Team on the 2014 Women Build home

We know that home ownership leads to a path out of poverty for the next generation. We know that healthy, lead-free homes give young children an opportunity grow-up without the side-effects and learning troubles that lead-poisoning brings.


One of Insero & Company’s Women Build Teams on the 2014 Women Build home

We know that working hard for something seemingly un-attainable, and succeeding in your goals leads to self-esteem that can help inspire other positive changes. Being able to put 450 hours of sweat-equity into your house as down-payment instead of money allows Habitat families and opportunity at the American dream. A zero-interest monthly mortgage payment allow them a fair “hand-up not a hand-out” and a way to contribute back to the affordable housing mission.


Hammer N’ Heels Women Build Team on the 2014 Women Build home

But YOU are the reason we are able to make these opportunities for low-income families possible. Without your gifts of time, talent, and treasure – these would just be ideas. You build, you give, you advocate. You are part of our story, part of our success.

And we just wanted to take a moment to say thank you.

One House at a Time, One Family at a Time

This week’s Women Build blog post was written by one of our summer college volunteers, Crystal Colon an English & Business student from The University of Rochester. If you haven’t already, you’ll have a chance to meet Crystal this summer, and she’ll be blogging for the Women Build blog on occasion. Welcome to the team Crystal! – Deanna


On a beautiful Saturday morning – a day filled with golden shovels, rainbow confetti, and about 50 women volunteers wearing red T-shirts – the construction process of a new life for a disadvantaged family had begun. That is the main mission of Flower City Habitat for Humanity during National Women Build Week, to dig up a hole on your neighborhood street! The best part of it is a brand new house will fill up that hole; a house that will soon be the home of a Rochester family working to make the American dream possible. National Women Build Week is about empowering women to go out on a Habitat for Humanity construction site and volunteer a day even if they don’t have construction skills. It’s a week about making your community a better place, or as Flower City Habitat Women Build would cheer, “Give a Woman A Power Tool and She Can Change the World!”


This groundbreaking event, which took place on May 10th, occurs annually and one of its most prominent goals is to empower women to go out and build. There are 30 teams of women volunteers of some which include Hammer Heads, Delta Sigma Theta, Girls United, Hammers & Heels, and much more. These women groups volunteer Tuesday through Saturday in parties of six and work long hard hours to accomplish their goal. It takes about three months (77 days) total to completely finish up the making of an entire home. Rochester is not the only place where women are skilled with shovels and dreams come true. Over 52,000 women across 50 states have volunteered for National Women Build Week since 2008. This year, over 13,000 people volunteered in National Women Build Week 2014.

Lowe’s serves as a national sponsor for National Women Build Week and alone donated $5,000 for the Flower City Habitat 2014 Women Build project. Henrietta Lowe’s employees attended the day of the event to support and contribute to the success of this very important and symbolic day. Lowe’s, overall, has given $63 million to Habitat’s across the United States since 2003.


The Bailey family, soon to be home-owner of the house, is extremely enthusiastic about what she and Habitat is doing for her family. At the event, Bailey along with her four joyful children grabbed shovels and poured strips of confetti onto the pit of the hole, a symbolic act as prayers and best wishes were raised to the heavens. This year’s National Women Build Week was a complete success and will continue to serve the Rochester community by helping families and encouraging women to be the backbone of this annual event.

Breaking Ground


This Saturday (May 10th) at 11am we’ll all be gathered at the 2014 Women Build house on 796 Jay Street to share the progress, dig a little dirt, and toss a few blessings and hopes into the foundation of the project. It’s our 10th Women Build house, so it promises to be a historic occasion.


It also happens to be National Women Build Week around the US, so we’ll be celebrating and thanking our friends at Lowe’s for their $5,000 gift to 2014 Women Build, and the $63 million they have given to Habitat for Humanity since 2003. Our friends from Henrietta, NY Lowe’s will be on hand to celebrate with us, and we simply can’t wait to bring them into the fun and passion you all bring to Women Build.

5-8-14CBe sure to bring your camera, there will be tons of opportunity for photos with the foundation, golden shovels, and homeowner family. If you share your photos (which we encourage you to do!) be sure to tag them with #WomenBuild so that Habitat affiliates around the US can see the great work that you all are making possible in Rochester.

For our Women Build clinic with Henrietta Lowe’s. They’ll be teaching our Women Build volunteers how to tile as another gift to our Women Build program. RSVPs are necessary so we have the right amount of material, so be sure to email us if you’re planning to attend.

Sunday, May 18th*
8am – 10am
Henrietta Lowe’s
2350 Marketplace Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
Email to RSVP yes.

*We know that for many of you, Sunday mornings are time for faith so we’re working on adding another date for this event. Stay tuned and we’ll let you know if it all works out.