An all-female volunteer construction crew’s efforts during Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity’s “Blitz week” yielded two new homes in Lindsay Heights.
The crew, part of the organization’s Women Build project, built homes at 2740 and 2746 N. 19th St. between July 11 and July 15—a period during which several homes were completed.
The Women Build project is intended “to encourage and empower women to get involved in its mission.” Women Build committee chairwoman Dee Dee Pellegrin elaborated on the purpose of the project, saying, “Walking onto a construction site can be an intimidating experience. Women Build is designed to be a welcoming environment where women from all walks of life can learn construction skills while helping a family realize the dream of homeownership.”
This is the fourth year of the Women Build project, and this year marked the first time that enough funds and volunteers had been secured to cover costs and labor for two homes in one year. Kris Barrett, wife of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, was among the volunteers at the construction sites.