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In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8, Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s joined forces to raise awareness of the affordable housing needs facing women and children around the world.
Lowe’s has supported Habitat’s Women Build program in the U.S. since 2008. This year, recognizing the global need for affordable housing, Lowe’s expanded its support internationally to help build affordable homes in 18 communities in the U.S., India and Canada.
Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity was one of the affiliates selected to participate in the inaugural International Women Build Day and will receive a $25,000 grant from Lowe’s. The money will go toward building the 2019 Women Build House, an affordable home for an Albuquerque family. And on March 8th we welcomed a team of 17 Lowe’s Heroes to volunteer at the Mesa del Rio job site.
“Coming out here as part of the Lowe’s family to provide for another family is one of the greatest memories I have,” said Crystal Crespin, Assistant Manager of Lowe’s Store #1636.
“We are honored to be selected for this opportunity and to work side-by-side with Lowe’s employees,” said Joan Costello, Executive Director. “Over the last 32 years, our affiliate has helped hundreds of Albuquerque families purchase their own home. In a world that can often seem divided, Habitat continues to build with love and we stand united in our vision that everyone deserves a decent place to live.”
Some special community members joined us early in the morning on March 8th to welcome the volunteers and thank them for their commitment to helping others. “Today is about hope, today is about prosperity, and today is about women,” said Ken Sanchez, City councilor. “I’m so grateful to Habitat for Humanity for the work they have done, they have done a remarkable job building this community up.”