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A Labor Of Love

When an all-female group of Vero Beach volunteers built its first Habitat home, it showed how women can help other women.

Week after week, they came in droves. There were bank managers and office workers, a horticulturist and a librarian, a circle of 50 friends and staff from Sea Oaks, and winter visitors from New York and Kentucky. They came by Ford pickup, beat-up Chevy, Mercedes and Lincoln SUV. They came bearing hammers, tape measures, tool belts — and just a touch of trepidation.

They had come, simply, to build a house. Habitat for Humanity had orchestrated such builds 22 times before in Indian River County, using the same architectural design, since the local chapter was founded a decade ago. But this was the first time the building was to be done solely by women. And many of them had never so much as pounded a nail, let alone hang drywall or sheathe a roof.

Read the entire article in the Summer 2000 issue