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Area women team up with Habitat for Humanity for Women Build

Women from throughout Douglas County will team up with Habitat for Humanity for the first local Women Build house. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Guenther Photography)

Soon the pounding of nails and the buzzing of saws will begin again at a Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Build site in Alexandria.

This is a unique build, as it is the first home for the affiliate being built predominately by women.

Women from around Douglas County have teamed up over the course of the past eight months to raise awareness, raise funds and to construct the home during a 15-day volunteer build schedule.

The first day of construction will begin at 816 Thomas Dr. NE on Tuesday, July 10 and the day will conclude with the Blessing the Build event at 4:30 p.m. to celebrate the beginning of this home.

Community members are encouraged to participate in this event. The home will be framed with orange framing lumber - many of the boards have been signed with well-wishes from community members. Those attending the event will be able to sign the framed walls as well.

This home is being built in partnership with the Koloski family. Darla Koloski and her five children are looking forward to having a home of their own.

"We are very excited about the Women Build," states Lori Anderson, HFHDC executive director. "The outpouring of support from the women and their energy and enthusiasm has been wonderful. These teams have been building relationships with each other and within the community - their excitement has been contagious and we are all looking forward to this build."

For more information about HFH or to find out how you can support this build, call (320) 762-4255.