“Women In Building: Am I Good Enough?” This was the headline of an article I read in a recent Builder’s magazine about the self-doubt women in construction often feel.
My experience with Bend Habitat’s Women Build a couple of years ago was enlightening. We measured, cut and nailed heavy Hardi-Plank siding across the back of a single story home and garage in one day. The construction boss on duty told us it was a better job than most pro siders. And our team was led by the single mom whose home it would one day be. She knew we were good enough!
As a builder for 12 years, and a realtor since 1996, I see the strong influence of women in building almost daily. They may not be doing the heavy lifting, but their hand can be seen in floor plan trends, design and amenities. And every realtor knows that it’s most often the woman in the family who ultimately selects the home they will buy.
My decision to work with Bend Area Habitat for Humanity as a donor and volunteer was an easy one. A higher percentage of Habitat homeowners are women, and most are mothers. When I see families in our community living in their cars, or worse, I am even more grateful for and proud to be part of the important work done by Bend Area Habitat for Humanity.
Linda Williams GRI, CRS Principal Broker
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