Empowering Women to Build Better Communities
Ann Simms founded Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton’s Women Build program in the year 2000. She had volunteered on a Women Build project in Florida and knew that the women and women-owned businesses in Dayton would support such a wonderful event. Since then, our affiliate has hosted an annual Women Build utilizing a majority of women volunteers and donors to build a safe and affordable home for a local single mother. The goal of Women Build is to empower and inspire women to build better communities and to make the world a safer place for women and children.
Ann passed away in July of 2019, just shy of her 85th birthday. We are honoring Ann’s life by dedicating our 2020 Women Build in her memory to create the Ann Simms Memorial Women Build. We plan to carry on the work Ann started, to empower women and improve communities.
The Ann Simms Memorial Women Build will break ground in May of 2020 for Tasha, a local single mom. Tasha went to school to be a medical assistant but was unable to support herself and her family in her chosen field. She works in a factory, 12-hour shifts 5 days a week, in order to pay her bills. Tasha has always dreamed of owning a home, but never thought she would be able to afford it. She has had to move ten times over the past twenty years and she desperately wanted the stability that comes with owning a home. A friend told her about Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton and she quickly applied. She was accepted to our homeownership program in 2015 and has been working toward her goal ever since. When we asked Tasha what owning a home meant to her she responded, “I can’t wait to own my own home...to have a home that is all mine. I won’t ever have to move ever again. I am going to leave the house to my kids, so when I’m gone I’ll have something to pass down to them. I want them to have more than me."
If you would like to support the Ann Simms Memorial Women Build please consider making a donation today. Every dollar helps us build better communities.
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