Women join forces to help Habitat dad

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A new home being built on the northeast side of Colorado Springs will have a woman’s touch when it’s finished.

CSBJ media partner Fox-21 News is reporting the first-ever Habitat for Humanity home built almost entirely by women, according to KXRM-TV reporter Cris Ornelas.

The women volunteers are entering the final stages of construction on the home near Woodmen Avenue and Powers Boulevard.

Soon it will be home to a single dad and his disabled son.

About two dozen women are spending their weekends building this Habitat for Humanity home.

“We wanted to find a way for women to give back to our community and also in the meantime we can learn to do things with hammers and nails and things women don’t typically do,” said Women Build volunteer Laraine Saldivar-Gillespie.

This will be the home of Michael Gist and his son Nicholas. Gist’s wife died several years ago and he’s been raising their 14-year-old disabled son since then.

“He couldn’t be happier than to be out here in his own back yard,” said Gist. He likes to joke about women building his new home.

“I thought maybe I had to wear a skirt or something but I pulled through that one,” said Gist.

And like all Habitat for Humanity homes, Gist put in his own sweat equity.

“I did the roof, I did the walls, I did the painting. I did about everything,” said Gist.

He’s grateful that he and his son will be able to move from their cramped apartment to this brand new home.

“We started with a hole in the ground. Now we got a roof up in the air,” said Gist.

And he’s thankful to the women who made his dream come true.

“I think they are awesome to come out here in the cold and help us put something together, something as beautiful as this,” said Gist.

The women building that home are still raising money to finish construction.

Persons interested in donating funds to assist with the project, click here to learn more: www.pikespeakhabitat.org