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      Mom gets home repaired in time for Mother's Day

      Thirty volunteers came together to replace windows, doors, insulation and roof shingles to help a single mother of two.

      "I'm very excited and grateful about the work that's being done. It'll be alot better for me and my children. I couldn't open half of my windows. Now I'll be able to," said Christina Roddy of Manistique.

      Habitat for Humanity's Women Build program addresses the housing crisis facing many women and children.

      Karen Skiles, Operations Manager for Women Build's Manistique location, says, "There's an application process. We take a look at all of the applicants. We choose single parents with children. We choose elderly or disabled families who are not able to afford to maintain their home."

      National Women Build Week is typically held the week leading up to Mother's Day, as women with children make up an alarming number of those in need of adequate housing.

      All of the labor is done by volunteers.

      Lowe's provided a $5,000 grant used to purchase materials. Nine women from Paul Mitchell, The School in Escanaba came out to assist with repairs on the home.

      Wendy Eckert, Director of the Paul Mitchell School, said, "Part of the heart and soul of our culture is to give back to the community and do alot of fundraising and get involved in alot of things like Habitat for Humanity. So, when we were invited to come, we jumped at the opportunity."

      Habitat for Humanity Hiawathaland serves Schoolcraft, Alger, Luce and West Mackinac Counties.

      Anyone interested in volunteering, or for more information on the application process, call (906) 341-7437. You can also visit their website at