With final touches and renovations completed, Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties dedicated and presented homeowner Michelle Wolcott and her family with keys to their new home during a dedication ceremony held on Saturday, May 7 at the Cape Coral home. Throughout the week leading up to Mother’s Day, approximately 40 women volunteers with the Habitat for Humanity Women Build project rehabilitated an existing home. The women worked in shifts throughout the week painting walls, installing floors, appliances and fixtures and making other necessary renovations.

Wolcott, a single mother with two young sons, had been temporarily living with her parents, pending completion of her new home. She participated in the renovation alongside local women volunteers. 

“My family and I are grateful to Habitat for Humanity, the sponsors and all the women volunteers who helped make this day possible,” says Wolcott. “This is a Mother’s Day dream come true for me.”

The Wolcotts are the 44th family to receive keys from Habitat for Humanity this fiscal year. The organization is on track to put 70 families into homes by the end of 2011. 

National sponsor Lowe’s provided Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties with a $5,000 Lowe’s store gift card and led an on-site How-to clinic in support of the weeklong renovation.

“Thanks to the generosity of Lowe’s and all our Women Build sponsors, Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties has made the dream of homeownership a reality for the Wolcott family,” says Kitty Green, CEO and president of Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties. “Our women volunteers were inspired and empowered to get the renovations completed and worked tirelessly to raise money and learn the skills to help eliminate poverty housing in Southwest Florida. As we bless this home today, we thank them for their dedication and support.”

Lowe’s has committed more than $1.3 million to National Women Build Week in support of more than 250 participating affiliates. Lowe’s, the underwriter of Habitat’s Women Build program, recruits, educates and inspires women to build and advocate for simple, decent and affordable houses in their communities.

More than 140 individuals and companies contributed to the $50,000 sponsorship fee that made the Wolcott home renovation possible. Major local sponsors include Edison National Bank, Jeannie Steidel with ReMax Realty, Nuviva Medical Weight Loss and three teams of individuals including Gail Markham, Jennifer Berg, Neale Montgomery, Stephanie Keyes, Kitty Cronin, Sharon Kiesel, Jennifer Keene, Albania Crosbie, Leslie Kinsey, Loretta Goldenberg, Stacey Cannington, Michelle Laboda, Cyndi Deragon Mudgett, Brenda Tate, Mary Moore, Lou Pontius, Tonya Schrott and Linda Uhler. Other sponsors include CRS Technology Consultants and Peggy Burt, Florida Land Title Services.

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. “Lowe’s salutes the thousands of women who’ve volunteered on Habitat job sites during the past 20 years and for years to come.”

About Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides simple, decent housing for families who otherwise could not afford it. It is one of the largest affiliates in the country, and it has provided more than 1,150 families in Lee and Hendry counties the opportunity to own their own home. Through the use of volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, homes are sold to the homeowners at no profit with an interest-free mortgage, making homeownership an affordable reality.

About Lowe’s

Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education, has brought more than $5 million in grants to K-12 public schools every year since its inception in 2005. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity International and the American Red Cross. In 2010, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/socialresponsibility

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 400,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than two million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit Habitat.org.