Earlier this month, Dellacona Law Firm partnered with the Macon area Habitat for Humanity to kick off their 20th anniversary Women Build Off. On the March 1 event, two houses were built by women and for women in just one day, with the help of volunteers as well as sponsors like us.

Habitat for Humanity International was founded by Millard and Linda Fuller in 1976, and grew into the widely known and respected charity it is today thanks in part to the support of President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter, who participated in their first Habitat project in March 1984. The Macon chapter opened in 1986, and has built over 100 safe, affordable, clean homes in Bibb and Jones counties.

Woman Build events started across the country in 1991, focusing on recruiting women to volunteer. Women and children are most likely to be affected by poor living conditions, and the Women Build program helps women to take a proactive step toward serving their communities to combat these challenges. However, anyone who wishes to volunteer on Women Build homes may do so, and all ages are welcome. To maximize impact while minimizing the burden on volunteers, Habitat for Humanity asks volunteers to work just one weekend, with the goal of completing the house, including painting and landscaping, in that short period of time.

People apply for a Habitat home who have low to moderate incomes and are experiencing an additional stressor in their current housing like crowding, expensive rent, or unsafe conditions. If accepted into the program, future homeowners must attend homebuyer education courses and physically participate in the building of their homes, to the degree they are physically able. Local construction companies often supply the materials for free or at a discount and they offer supervision and training to volunteers and homeowners for free. Once the home is complete, homeowners pay a reasonable mortgage of 30% of their gross monthly income.

Habitat also offers a home repair program for people who are already homeowners but aren’t able to afford repairs necessary to make their home safe for their families. Repairs are also completed by volunteers with the assistance of professionals, and repairs are usually 5-10% of the normal cost.

In Macon, each home is given a name. For this year’s kick off and the 20th anniversary of Women Build events in the middle Georgia area, Dorothy and Marion were built and landscaped. In addition to sponsoring the hardhats for the builds, Dellacona Law Firm is also participating with our labor. Our staff is taking one weekend this month to help build a brand new home for an area family.

In our work, we help families end a terrible chapter of their lives and begin a better one. We equip our clients with the tools and resources they need to overcome the consequences of painful pasts to make their future as successful and healing as possible. This work often takes months, even years, and we see the rewards of it every day. Partnering with Habitat for Humanity, we’re honored to serve our community in new ways by helping even more families open the next, brighter chapters of their lives.

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Tracey L. Dellacona

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