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Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana and Lowe’s unite women to spotlight need for safe and affordable housing through home builds during International Women Build Week

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Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana and Lowe’s unite women to spotlight need for safe and affordable housing through home builds during International Women Build Week

WHAT: Habitat for Humanity International, Lowe’s and approximately 6,000 women volunteers will unite in more than 235 communities in the United States, India and Canada for International Women Build Week from March 1-8 to highlight the global need for safe and affordable housing. A prelude to International Women’s Day, the global event aims to build and repair nearly 540 homes while raising awareness of housing issues facing women and their families.

Habitat and Lowe’s are providing the tools for women to empower and educate themselves on skills used when repairing and restoring homes. By using the hashtag #BuildHer to share inspirational stories, experiences and ways to positively impact communities, Habitat and Lowe’s are uniting women for a central goal of encouraging and building each other up.

Merrillville Lowe’s will send out volunteers, called Lowe’s Heroes, for the day to help Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana build a deck on top of the foundation and if all goes well, will raise a wall or two!  Habitat homeowner, Rhonda Landrum will move in to the home with her two young children upon completion.  Habitat partner families complete 300 hours of “sweat equity” on their home, attend a ten week “Financial Peace, by Dave Ramsey”course,  as well as pay to a 0% interest mortgage that includes taxes and insurance.  Rhonda recently completed her degree in business management and works locally as a compliance manager and will have completed all her requirements upon moving in to the home.

WHEN: Thursday,March 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: 340 Walter Street, Merrillville, Indiana.  Ample parking is available on the street and on the cul-de-sac nearby.

VISUAL:      340 Walter St is our Women Build house for all of 2020.  Habitat has begun building across the street at 315 Walter and is near completion.  There is a third lot that we will begin building on once funding has been secured.

DIRECTIONS:     Insert directions to build site

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

Dawn Michaels, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana

Rhonda Landrum, Habitat homeowner

BACKGROUND: The Lowe’s partnership with Habitat began in 2003; since then, the company has committed more than $71.1 million to support the nonprofit, impacting the lives of Habitat homeowners worldwide. Lowe’s support of Habitat’s Women Build has helped build, renovate or repair more than 5,325 homes with the support of more than 138,000 women volunteers.

Contact : Wende Burbridge

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