FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity hosted its 11th Annual "Women Build Day" May 20th as part of its national initiative to bring woman together in a show of solidarity and to make a difference in their communities. 

With the help of a grant from Lowe's and the hard work of a diverse group of women, $11,000 has been raised to help future Habitat for Humanity homeowner Tania-Sue Thomas and her three children to start the building of their future home. 

"Women's Build was so wonderful," Thomas said. "I am so grateful that these women gave up their Saturday to help my family. It was great to be among women as young as a senior in high school to women that were retired. We were all from different walks of life, working hard together to make owning a home even more real for me."

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The women built picnic benches, tarred the foundation of the house, and sided, shingled and roofed the shed for the home that will belong to future Raritan Valley Habitat homeowner, Thomas, and her three children.

Linda Bradway, a volunteer at Raritan Valley Habitat and one of the main organizers for this Women Build initiative commented that this event was “one of the most successful Women Builds ever in terms of skills gained, friends made, confidence built, and money raised!”  

For 25 years, Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity has put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope. The organization has built 50 homes.

“Our Women Build Days are always fantastic events that women look forward to year after year,” Executive Director Jan Holmstrup said. “This event filled up quick! Since we are building three homes this year, we plan to host another Women Build Day on Saturday, October 28th and provide another opportunity for women to participate who were not able to join us in May.”

For 25 years, Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity has put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope. 

"I didn't realize how much goes into building a home and I feel very grateful to all the women that volunteered and came out even through the rain in support of habitat for humanity," Thomas said. "We finished the siding and roof of the Shed and learned so much in the process. It was fun doing that. I cant wait to get back on the site and build."

To date, the organization has built 50 homes. 

The vision of Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity is a time when everyone in Hunterdon and Somerset counties has a decent place to live. For more information go to or call 908-704-0016.

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