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Local InterestBY BEVERLY KELLEY, Executive DirectorI am blessed to be the executive director of Battle Creek Area Hab- itat for Humanity during this time of change and in- creased capacity as we live our missionin Calhoun County. A committee of local members of various faith groups formed Battle Creek Area Habitat for Humanity in 1989. This affiliate has renewed itself after a devastating fire in 2012. I believe the original committee members would be proud of the assistance provided in Calhoun County 29 years later.In 2017, we reinstated Women Build in Battle Creek. Over a period of six days, 95 women and 15 men partic- ipated in the demolition and began re- hab of a home at 52 West Kingman. A new Habitat family, who are first time homeowners, will purchase and move into the 2017 Women Build home in early summer. The 2018 Women Build will have eight construction days working at two locations; five days in Battle Creek and three days in Mar- shall. These eight build dates fall be- tween May 5 and May 19.Our mission is, “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Battle Creek Area Hab- itat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.” One of our current goals is to create more opportunities for Calhoun County residents to participate in our mission.Women Build is an international project through Habitat for Humanity International where Habitat affiliates partner with their local Lowe’s Store to encourage women to spend a day volun- teering on a construction site and learn skills they can use within their own homes, or share the skills with family or friends. While Women Build is designed to encourage women to participate in construction, however, it does not elimi- nate men. Women Build brings together individuals from all walks of life to ac- tively address the problem of inadequate housing in our community, in addition to learning valuable skills.One aspect of Women Build is for each participant to contribute $100Women Build in Battle Creektoward the purchase of materials to rehab thehome.BattleCreekAreaHabitatfor Humanity is blessed to work in a com- munity that recognizes the significance of this opportunity. We have received scholarships and sponsorships from foundations, businesses, and individu- als allowing all interested community members the opportunity to participate. No one is turned away due to the lack of financial ability to contribute.Another aspect of Women Build are clinics offering community members the opportunity to learn the proper use of power tools and other construction tools. These clinics are held in partnership with our local Lowe’s Store. On Saturday, April 28, 2018 workshops will be held at our ReStore.To participate in the 2018 Women Build any individual at least 18 years of age is required to complete a Wom- en Build application and waiver, in addition to watching a safety videoand successfully completing the safety quiz.WomenBuildapplicationscanbe picked up at the Battle Creek affiliate office (286 Capital Avenue N.E.), Re- Store (595 North Avenue), or by going towww.habitatbc.organdprintingoff the necessary forms. The Women Build application will have available dates listed.Due to the generous spirit of our community, Battle Creek Area Habitat for Humanity will place three Habitat Families into their first home; construct over twenty-five wheelchair ramps; and complete at least five critical home re- pairs within the next twelve months. In addition to the above mentioned com- pleted projects, renovation of two addi- tional Habitat homes will begin during the same twelve months.For more information regarding Women Build or any aspect of Battle Creek Area Habitat for Humanity, please call the affiliate office at (269) 966-2502.Battle Creek Home May 5th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12thMarshall Home May 17th through May 19thWOMEN BUILD 2018• Learn valuable skills. Tools, hard hats, measuring tapes... OH MY!!• Help the mission of providing safe and stable housing to families in need• Meet new friends or come with a few friends• Cost is 100.00 (scholarships available)• For more information please call 269-966-2502BEVERLY KELLEYExecutive DirectorDEB SHARPFinance and Operations ManagerALANA YOUNGReStore ManagerLAURA DAUGHERTYCommunity Outreach CoordinatorWOMEN IN BUSINESS I SCENE 4304 21

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