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Women's Build volunteers learn about construction

By Staff
PLANNING STAGES – Kimberly Lloyd, her 5-month-old daughter, Kristian, and 6-year-old daughter, Kimbrisha, are shown with the model and house plans for their new Habitat for Humanity home. Photo by Carisa McCain/The Meridian Star
By Steve Gillespie / staff writer
Aug. 21, 2002
Kimbrisha Lloyd, 6, was full of excited energy Tuesday night at Union Station. She was surrounded by more than 70 women who had come to learn how to build a house for her family.
The meeting was held to register volunteers and teach them the basics of home building for Lauderdale County Habitat for Humanity's new Women's Build project. Volunteers will build a home on Fifth Street for Kimberly Lloyd and her two children.
The recruits listened to teachers from Mississippi State University's School of Architecture and saw a model of the home they will build.
A site blessing and ground-breaking ceremony was scheduled for today. Construction begins Sept. 13.
Kim Comans, of Meridian, is a purchasing agent with Magnolia Steel. She signed up Tuesday for what will be her first Women's Build project.
Comans also volunteers as a member of the Hope Village for Children Guild. She has two children, a high school freshman and a kindergarten student who attend West Lauderdale.
She said she has more time for volunteer work now that her children are older and more desire to volunteer after helping at Hope Village for Children.
Louise Daum is an alcohol and drug counselor at East Mississippi State Hospital and a veteran of Women's Build projects in Lauderdale County.
She said she likes the program because women can fit their volunteer hours around their work and home schedules. She also said the knowledge women gain building houses makes them "contractor's nightmares."
Daum also said there are other jobs during a Habitat build.
For more information about the Women's Build project, call the Lauderdale County Habitat for Humanity at 485-4992.

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