Women’s Build for Habitat continues to be a favorite cause

Women’s Build for Habitat continues to be a favorite cause

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Mississippi Power employees have been rolling up their sleeves, cutting wood and pounding nails for years to help Habitat for Humanity build homes.

This year, Major Accounts Manager Stacey Miles brought together a team of women to work on a house under construction on Curcor Drive in Gulfport.

“National Women Build Week is held prior to Mother’s Day each year and spotlights the challenges women face with homeownership,” said Miles, who serves on the board of Habitat. “I was invited to take part during a project three years ago and it quickly became my passion.

“This year’s all-female team is made up of engineers from the company who work along the Coast and in Hattiesburg.”

That team included Samantha Ball, Jill Collins, Yaneira Lara, Miranda Lee, Maria Padula, Vivian Rodriguez, Genetrice Stevenson and co-op student Penelope Dao. Most of them worked on previous Habitat projects, doing a number of different jobs.

On this day, the task was prep work. The group diligently measured and cut lumber, then assembled walls and window frames.

The majority of the walls they built were handed off and installed by a volunteer group with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce.

There is a true spirit of teamwork on a Habitat construction site and a concern for everyone to feel a sense of accomplishment when the workday is done. That mindset spurred the Chamber team to step down at the end of the day and cheer on the Mississippi Power team as they installed two of the walls they had built. Those walls help form the master bedroom of the two-bedroom home.

When asked what they enjoyed most about the day, the comments varied on which tool they liked working with. However, working outdoors, working as a team and being part of a good cause were things they had in common.

The day began as always, when two or more Mississippi Power employees are gathered, with not one, but two safety briefings followed by stretching exercises and ended without a single injury.

“When our employees work in the community,” concluded Miles, “it’s good to know they take their commitment to safety with them.”

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