Local Women Plan to Build House Together

Lowe's is teaching women how to build a home with Habitat for Humanity.

Posted: Mar 26, 2019 11:25 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Local women are coming together to learn how to build a house.

“This one is actually going to be a triplex," Liane Siemers, Medford Lowe's Department Supervisor, said. "It's two female families and then a single father family.”

Every year since 1991, Lowe's partners with Habitat for Humanity. Lowe's teaches free classes to women. Then Habitat for Humanity invites them to build a home. The women use the skills they gain from the classes to volunteer alongside professionals to to help build. One woman and her friends decided to take the classes together.

“I'm enjoying it," Shirley Johnson, an Eagle Point resident and class participant, said. "It’s very informative and I will learn something. I probably won't ever go build my own house, but at least I'm learning what I could do.”

The goal is to get women comfortable with building by teaching them one-on-one. The first class at the Medford Lowe's was Tuesday.
Siemers said Tuesday marked the most women they've ever seen attend these classes. The class taught 58 women about safety and power tools. For the next month, a free class will be held at 6 p.m. every Tuesday at the Medford Lowe's.

Class 1 - Safety and POWER Tools 
Class 2 - Framing Walls and Roof
Class 3 - Roofing
Class 4 - Insulation and Drywall
Class 5 - Exterior Siding
Class 6 - Finishing

"I think the most important thing is that we are giving women the opportunity to do things for themselves," Siemers said.

This is all a build up for Habit for Humanity's National Women Build Week, starting April 29 - May 4. It's a week of events and themed building days that welcomes the women that took these classes. This is the time the women will be able to apply their new skills to build a local home.

"I think it's empowering that women are going to be building this house," Johnson said. 

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