For International Women’s Day, 25 women from 14 local Lowe’s Home Improvement stores came together to work alongside Daniella Passon in building her family’s new Habitat home.
Other STRONG women involved in this year’s Spring Women Build, included build site Project Manager, Perrin Mack, Trinity Habitat Senior Director of Construction, Christine Panagopoulos, Fort Worth City Councilwomen Ann Zadeh and Kelly Allen Gray, Lowe’s Store Managers, Candy Bauer and Kelley Mabery, and Daniella’s mom, sister, and middle daughter.
They joined more than 6,000 women volunteers in 235 communities across the United States, Canada, and India for International Women Build Week.
“I will forever be grateful to Lowe’s for helping build my family’s home.” – Daniella Passon
Meet the Passon Family
As a single mom, one of Daniella’s biggest dreams has been to provide a stable home for her teenage daughters and young son. With the support of Lowe’s and Habitat, this dream is coming true! Daniella will finally be able to stop renting and start investing in something she can call her own, a safe and stable home.
Today, 30% of women-led households with children are below the poverty level. This is one of the reasons, Habitat and Lowe’s are committed to bringing women together to build stability through owning safe and affordable homes.
Daniella is working hard to build this type of stable foundation for her children to grow. She is investing 250 sweat equity hours in place of a down payment, which includes helping build Habitat homes, going to financial and homeownership education courses, and volunteering in the neighborhood where her family will live. She also will pay a 30-year, affordable mortgage.
“I’ve lived on the southside of Fort Worth for more than 20 years, and I’m excited that my kids and I get to be a part of the rebuilding of this community. I love that families are helping families make Hillside Morningside an even better place to live.”
The Passon Family’s home is being built in Hillside Morningside, which is one of Trinity Habitat’s partner neighborhoods. Since 2015, Trinity Habitat has built 82 new homes and rehabbed 21 homes in this neighborhood. If you have the opportunity, you should come out to volunteer with us and see the dramatic transformation that is occurring in this neighborhood.
Lowe’s partnership with Habitat began in 2003; since then, the company has committed more than $71.1 million, impacting the lives of Habitat homeowners worldwide. Lowe’s support of Habitat’s Women Build has helped build, renovate, or repair more than 5,325 homes with the support of more than 138,000 women volunteers.
Locally, Lowe’s has invested $372,000 and more than 4,000 volunteer hours since 2015. In support of our local economy and in appreciation of Lowe’s longstanding support, Trinity Habitat purchases the majority of our building supplies from our local Lowe’s stores. We are grateful for their ongoing partnership in building strong families and neighborhoods right here in Fort Worth!
Women In Construction
The construction team at Trinity Habitat is made up of 25 percent women, higher than the 9.1 percent of women who make up the U.S. construction workforce.
This includes our Senior Director of Construction, Christine Panagopoulos, who is a former kindergarten teacher who has led the construction team at Trinity Habitat for more than 10 years. Under her leadership, she has overseen the construction of more than 300 Habitat homes and significantly grown our construction and rehab programs.
Additionally, this year’s Women Build Project Manager was Perrin Mack. This was her first time to lead the women build home. Perrin’s husband was killed in action in 2007 in the war. After she raised and put her children through college, she became involved with Trinity Habitat in 2017. She had no previous construction experience and wanted to give back by helping our volunteers build Habitat homes. She attended our Cornerstone College and is now one of our volunteer Cornerstone Construction Leaders.
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