Women Build

The Women Build is a hands-on opportunity for women to build a home and break the cycle of poverty. It empowers women to take the lead in making affordable homeownership a reality for families in Polk County.

Women Build

The Hammers and Heels build kicked off on July 31, and you can be a part of it by donating or volunteering with a group of your friends, family, or colleagues. You can learn new skills, work alongside other hard-working women, and help make a difference in the life of a qualified family.

Beginning in 2005, women have worked together on 12 house builds in Des Moines. In 2019, they will work on the 13th Women Build home in our community, this time a renovated home!

The future homeowner of this year’s Women Build is Andro. Andro grew up in Sudan until he was 11, when his family moved to Egypt where his younger brothers were born. The family resettled to Dallas, Texas in 2004.

Attracted by the good schools and work opportunities, Andro’s family moved to Des Moines. Andro has since attended Iowa State University to attain his Bachelor’s degree.

Andro applied to the Homeownership program in 2018 and was accepted in January of 2019. Since then he has completed 200 hours of sweat equity, 24 hours of pre-purchase education, and has met regularly with a member of the Family Services team.

“Rent is going up, and it’s better to get a house that you can work toward paying off,” Andro said, “Moving around a lot can be destabilizing for kids in school.”

Thank you to this year’s Team Captains!

Bankers Trust
Brianne Sanchez
Carrie Clogg
Emily Burton
Emily Williams-Bouska
Jes Schneiders
Kelly Caldbeck & Maggie Glisan
Nocona Dayton
Nora Croswaithe
Phonsavanh Sullins
Rocio Hermosillo
Sara Terpstra
Stelter for Shelter (Bev Hutney)
Team Hammered (Dotty Thurston, Liz Adelman, Lizzy Dixon, Mary Lou, Neugent)


You can participate by joining a Women Build team.



Making a donation to the Women Build creates an affordable homeownership opportunity for a hard working family in Des Moines.


Gift in Kind

For more information about Hammers & Heels Build, contact Jenna Ekstrom at jennaekstrom@gdmhabitat.org.

family stories

Tem & Lia

“This is our house, this is our home and it will make our lives better. We are thankful for Habitat in helping us buy a house.”


“As a homeowner, I will feel confidence. I will be powerful. I will be able to take care of my kids and help them be successful.”

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