Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia will complete the home (for a woman!) in 2020.

By Meghan Overdeep
December 03, 2019
Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia Women Build
Credit: Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia

Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia is on its way to completing its first ever Women Build project.

The branch—which serves Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, and North Fulton counties—has built and repaired more than 300 homes and housed more than 1,300 individuals over the course of its 26-year history. Though they’ve held Women Build days before, this is their first project to be headed and completed by women from beginning to end.

The future homeowner of the Women Build project, single mother-of-two Tishawna Loving told 11Alive that she was thrilled to learn that her new house was being built entirely by women.

"I am shocked that this is happening, it really is amazing,” Loving said. “And the fact that it’s all women doing this for us, that is just so great.”

Tishawna Loving
Credit: Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia

Laura Lilly, chair of Women Build 2020, explained to Southern Living that the whole endeavor is about more than building a house—it’s also about women supporting other women. “Tishawna is doing a lot to work hard and change the trajectory of her life. We want to see other women rise and grow.”

And it’s not just Loving and her family who will benefit from the project. Lilly says everybody involved—from high school seniors to women in their 60s—gets a lot out of it. “The whole experience pushes you out of your comfort zone. It builds confidence doing things you never knew you could do.”

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Construction is set to begin on February 1st and wrap up by late April/early May.  So far, they’ve locked down three big corporate sponsors (Amazon, Travelers Insurance, and Salesforce), but they’re still $25,000 away from their $90,000 goal.

Companies interested in sponsorship can email womenbuild@habitat-ncg.org. Individuals interested in getting involved as a volunteer or donating can visit Habitat-NCG.org/volunteer/women-build.