A groundbreaking ceremony for the Monett-Purdy Habitat for Humanity's fifth house will be held this Saturday, May 1 at 1 p.m. The event was originally scheduled for last Saturday but was postponed due to rain.
The ceremony will take place at the empty lot just east of 303 County Road, which is the site of the Habitat's fourth house, completed this past winter.
The groundbreaking will be held in conjunction with the scheduled Women Build planned at the site. According to Karen Nevin, president of the Habitat for Humanity Monett-Purdy affiliate, 25 women have committed to volunteering their time to raise the walls of the Habitat's fifth house for Scott and Courtney Phillips, who have been selected as the future homeowners.
"The women participants have demonstrated real enthusiasm for this effort and are excited to begin work on Saturday," said Nevin. "Many have expressed their interest in continuing to work with the Monett/Purdy affiliate after the Women Build Day event."
Lowe's is providing the Monett-Purdy Habitat Affiliate with a $5,000 Lowe's store gift card as well as in-store training for the Women Build volunteers. Nationwide, Lowe's committed more than $1 million to National Women Build Week, providing grants and event support materials to 200 participating affiliates.
"Lowe's has been the proud sponsor of Habitat's Women Build program since 2004. This innovative program encourages women from all walks of life to pick up their hammers and build homes alongside Habitat partner families," said Larry D. Stone, Lowe's president and COO and chairman of the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation.
The Phillips will be introduced at Saturday's groundbreaking. Carrie Jobe, who owns Habitat home #3, will speak at the ceremony. A representative from Lowe's will also speak.
In case of rain on Saturday, the groundbreaking ceremony will take place at the Monett Community Building. The Women Build will be postponed until Saturday, May 8 if it rains.