Women bring own style to Habitat home build


More than 200 women wearing pink hard hats and matching shirts will drive nails, erect frames and install shingles as the first all-female team to build a Habitat for Humanity home in Johnson County.

Construction on the 1,200-square-foot ranch will begin Thursday and take about six weeks. The Indianapolis Star reports the house will become home to Brandy Shockley and her two daughters.

The women have raised $85,000 through spa days, bake sales and other fundraisers. Habitat board President Melodie Yarnell says that's more than any other Habitat group in Johnson County.

Volunteer Kim Childers says the women take special pride in learning new skills while breaking through gender stereotypes.

This will be Habitat for Humanity's 12th home in Johnson County since 2007.

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