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Women Volunteers Celebrate Mother's Day Early by Building Affordable Homes for New York City Families
Date:5/3/2008

Volunteers raise $14,000 for construction costs

BROOKLYN, N.Y., May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Thirty-five women volunteers from all walks of life celebrated an early Mother's Day today by building affordable homes for -- and with -- low-income moms who will own these homes in the future.

Sponsored by Habitat for Humanity - New York City, the annual Women Build featured all-women crews working together to help solve the city's housing crisis, revitalize a low-income neighborhood and honor mothers everywhere.

They helped frame kitchen walls in Habitat-NYC's complex of 41 affordable homes in Ocean Hill-Brownsville, Brooklyn. The volunteers also raised $14,000 to help cover the project's construction costs.

"This is a wonderful tribute of love and respect to mothers and to all women throughout New York City," said Rachel Hyman, Habitat-NYC's Chief Operating Officer. "Our city's housing crisis affects everyone, and it unfortunately hurts women and families most of all. Half of all families in New York headed by women live in poverty. Our volunteers are dedicated to giving them a hand up in life."

Among the volunteers was Vanessa Rohrbach, an executive assistant at a bank. She came to honor her mother, who ran a business while battling cancer, and her sister, who struggled for eight years waiting for a heart transplant.

"Women Build is important to me because I come from a family of extremely strong women," Vanessa said. "Growing up, there were really tough times, and my mother would always say that we had to count our blessings because there were people that had it so much worse. My being part of Women Build is a way to honor their strength and courage and give back in a small way."

Volunteer Fredeswilda Maraj, a single mother who recently earned her certificate in carpentry from Bronx Community College, said: "I know how hard it is to find affordable housing in New York City. I'm elated to have a small part in a
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