Tulsa Family Receives Home Built By Lady Builders

Sunday, January 4th 2009, 9:31 pm
By: News On 6

By Chris Wright, News On 6

TULSA, OK -- Tulsa Habitat for Humanity dedicated a home to a family that needed some help in this tough economy. The house was built by 150 women who volunteered from all over Green Country.

Learn how to volunteer with Tulsa Habitat for Humanity.

It is the eighth home the Lady Builders have constructed. They say it was a city-wide effort accomplished with the help of women from all walks of life.

It was a vision that began back in October when more than 150 women began working on a Habitat home in their spare time. Some were professionals, but most were not.

Everyone though, was a volunteer.

Ten weeks later, they all gathered for a photo in front of the West Tulsa home they built.

"The empowerment is just awesome. You come out, you learn something, you meet these wonderful people who are all volunteers. At the end, you put together a house for a family that really needs it," said Tina Kucera with Lady Builders.

The family in this case was the Prides. Edward, his wife Yvette and their two children have been hoping for a Habitat home for some time.

On Sunday, during a very crowded dedication ceremony, they got their wish.

"About five years ago I decided I wanted to be a homeowner in five years and I didn't know how it was going to happen. I didn't see any way possible, but Habitat for Humanity has made it all possible," said Yvette Pride, homeowner.

"It's just a blessing. There's truly no words that can describe seeing a person help you that doesn't have to. They're doing it on their own," said Edward Pride, homeowner.

For the Lady Builders, this was also the moment they had been waiting for. They say seeing the Pride family in their new home made the 10 weeks of work worth it.

"I get choked up every time I go to a dedication. I always tell everybody just bring tissue. It was just wonderful. It was a long time coming, long time coming for them," said Kucera.

If they can secure enough funding, the Lady Builders plan on beginning work on another home in the spring.

Learn how to volunteer with Tulsa Habitat for Humanity