Years ago, my friend Diana Alvarez asked me to be on her Habitat for Humanity Women Build team. I did not expect that experience would change my life but it has.
I have learned so much through my Habitat journey. One of my biggest learns is that women have a much harder time becoming homeowners than their male counterparts. From the gender pay gap and its impact on credit profiles, to uneven child care responsibilities that consume time and financial resources, to higher rates of mortgage denials despite superior payment performance, the hurdles keeping women from homeownership are high. These also also hurdles to generational wealth - so by helping build a home for a hard-working, strong woman I am doing my part to remove those hurdles, one nail or piece of sheathing or piece of siding at a time.
This October, I'm grabbing my hammer, strapping on my tool belt, and joining Habitat Chicago's Women Build alongside 570 strong and determined women to knock these barriers down. Together, we will help our fellow women become homeowners with Habitat Chicago, a nonprofit committed to building a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Homeownership is one of the most dynamic tools a person can use to build a strong and stable future. You can make a difference. Help me reach my fundraising goal so we can change the lives of these women forever and prove that there's nothing a group of committed women can't do. Change happens one person at a time. I appreciate any support you can give - big, small, or somewhere in between.