Register For Habitat’s Women Build

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Ladies, ever want to put a hammer to work? Now is your chance. Sign up for the 2019 Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County’s Women Build.

Join the “Sisters of the Pink Hard Hats” when you help create the “House that Women Built” from May 9-11, just in time for Mother’s Day.

This year, the co-chairs are mother daughter Beverly Raphael Altman and Robyn Raphael-Dynan, who are women builders every day as the CEO and Vice President of Operations of RCC Associates.

“I can’t think of a more meaningful way to spend Mother’s Day week, donning pink hard hats with my daughter Robyn to raise funds and participate with colleagues and longtime and new friends in the construction of a new home for another mother and daughter,” said Co-Chair Beverly Raphael Altman.

Her daughter agrees, “As a mom myself who continues to be inspired by own mom, I realize how important and game-changing it is the help another mother and daughter achieve the American Dream of home ownership,” Raphael-Dynan said.

Once completed, the home will go to Ilomaine and her daughter Jessie. Illomaine fled from Haiti at 22 on a sailboat. After 10 days on the ocean, she started her new life in the United States.

She has worked as a housekeeper for more than 26 years. Currently, she works at Abbey Delray South, a Senior Living Community in Delray Beach.

Illomaine’s challenges did not end when she escaped from Haiti. After her daughter was born, she left her husband due to domestic abuse. Her daughter was just 20 months old. Now, Jessie is 30 and is an oncology nurse at Delray Medical Center.  She is currently pursuing her B.S in Nursing from Florida International University.

Jessie and Ilomaine look forward to having a garden full of parsley and green onions. Sports fan Ilomaine is also looking forward to watching her beloved Miami Heat play in her new home.

To help build the home alongside  Jessie and Ilomaine, women do not need to have any construction experience. They will have to raise a minimum of $1,000 to participate in the build.

A kick-off reception is scheduled for March 5 at 6 p.m. at the Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club.

For more information, visit www.habitatsouthpalmbeach.org.