Women Team Up For Annual Habitat WOMEN Build


Staff report

More than 200 women spent a total of 800 hours constructing, nailing and painting a home for a mother-daughter-duo in time for Mother’s Day.

Called the “Sisterhood of the Hard Pink Hats” the women helped raise over $322,000 to pay for the construction materials for the Habitat for Humanity home. They then spent their own time volunteering to build the home as well as revitalize three neighboring houses and the Missionary Baptist Church.

The annual Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County event was led by a mother/daughter co-chair team of Beverly Raphael Altman and Robyn Raphael-Dynan, who operate RCC Associates.

Under the guidance of more than 30 Habitat construction professionals and crew leaders, women builders raised 32 roof trusses, secured more than 50 sheets of plywood and hammered more than 3,000 hurricane strap and roof nails.

The new homeowners are mother Ilomane,  a housekeeper at Abbey Delray South, a senior living community; and her daughter Jessie, an oncology nurse at Delray Medical Center.

For those not working on the main home, they participated in the “Brush with Kindness” revitalization of homes. They covered homes with 120 gallons of primer and paint.

The build consisted of a blend of individuals, corporate and social teams boasting names like Girl Power!!!, Dream Girls, Pam’s Power Women, Alisa’s Angels by the Sea(gate), Beauties Who Can Build, etc.

As a member of the 2019 “Sisterhood of the Pink Hard Hats” each builder raised a minimum of $1,000 to qualify for the opportunity to learn how to wield a nail gun and hammer like a pro as they met and worked alongside other women and the future homeowners.

“As empowerment drivers, these WOMEN Builders delivered significant impact that enriches lives and communities, one home, one family at a time, from generation to generation,” said Kari Oeltjen, HFHSPBC Vice President & Chief Development Officer who also participated as a builder, lifting roof trusses and hammering nails in hurricane straps and plywood panels on the roof.