Women Build in the Truth

Goshen,IN – Erica Sherman, our 2012 Women Build partner family, and Tom McArthur, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County, were recently interviewed by Marilyn Odendahl of the Elkhart Truth about this year’s Women Build. Check out a portion of the article below and to read the rest of the article click here.

ELKHART — Changes in employment and increases in rent kept Erica Sherman moving from apartment to apartment with her three children in tow. At various times she has been a resident of Shipshewana, Goshen, Middlebury and Elkhart.

Erica Sherman talks with a reporter outside of her new home Tuesday on the west side of Elkhart.

Now her nomadic lifestyle is poised to end with something she only dreamed about as an adult — a permanent address. The final work is being completed on her new one-story, four-bedroom house near West Beardsley Avenue and soon, she and her brood will be able to move one final time and make a home.

“It still doesn’t feel real,” Sherman said recently while standing on the porch of her house. “I don’t think it will feel real until I actually move in because it’s such a blessing.”

Sherman’s abode was not only built by Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County but also was mostly constructed by women as part of Habitat’s Women Build. The program was started at the national level about 10 years ago as a way to get more females involved in Habitat.

Disproportionately, the volunteer base on most of the nonprofit’s home-building projects will be men, according to Tom McArthur, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County. Yet, he said, there is no reason in the world why women cannot participate.

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