Habitat Women Build

I was honored to be asked to take photos of this groundbreaking for the West Tennessee Women’s Journal a few weeks ago. Here is an excerpt from the Jackson Sun newspaper, reported by Tonya Smith-King:

Jenicia Haynes and her 5-year-old son, Jomari, got another step closer Monday to a place they can call home. An electrical fire destroyed their house on Jan. 26.

They watched Monday as heavy machinery tore up ground where their new home will soon go up in the Habitat Meadows subdivision in Jackson.

The project is a historic one for the Jackson-Madison County Habitat for Humanity. It is the first time the local chapter will participate in the nationwide “Women Build” program Habitat started in 1998. Haynes and other women volunteers will build her house in the subdivision. Women contractors are heading up the project.

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I teared up when, while taking this picture, little Jomari said, “Mama, this is MY backyard!!!!” Hence the mile-wide smile on his face:

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Jenecia’s sister and little nephew:

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A happy volunteer:

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I wonder if when Jomari remembers this day years from now, he mostly remembers the pink balloons:

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Women helping other women… now that’s my kind of project!!!

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