Habitat for Humanity's National Women Build Week in Moorhead
Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - This week, women volunteers are fighting to help needy families afford homes.
Nationally, Habitat for Humanity hosted thousands of female workers for its seventh National Women Build Week.
Friday, a dozen women volunteers lifted, drilled and got dirty rebuilding this Moorhead home.
This mission - to give other women and families an affordable place to live.
Pete Christopher/ Marketing Manager, Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity: "Really to get the women of the community out, kind of in a non-traditional role, you know, out really building."
Cashondra Fenroy-Eaden is one of the women paying it forward.
She knows first-hand how it feels to get a second chance.
The single-mother of six moved to Fargo from Georgia to escape domestic violence.
Cashondra Fenroy-Eaden/ Habitat for Humanity Volunteer/Recipient: "A new start, a better future for me and my children."
The family of seven currently lives in a 3-bedroom government subsidized apartment.
But this summer they're moving into their own Habitat for Humanity home.
Fenroy-Eaden: "It gives us stability. We can actually be a part of the community and know that we're going to stay there."
For many, the stability of owning a home can open up other opportunities in life.
Fenroy-Eaden: "They'll be able to make lasting connections and friends they'll have for a lifetime, know they'll be able to go to the same school next year, put down roots, be free to decorate their room. Just simple things like that."
And Fenroy-Eaden's change of fortune encouraged her to help others.
Fenroy-Eaden: "I always say that every day that you wake up is a blessing and you should bless other people with that."
Next Friday, Habitat for Humanity will host a home-building workshop at Journey in Faith Lutheran Church in West Fargo.
The event costs $10 and proceeds will go toward Fenroy-Eaden's new home.