Thank You, Women’s Fund

On February 12, The Women’s Fund awarded its largest grant to date with a $100,000 contribution to Smith County Habitat for Humanity. The grant will be used to provide critical home repairs to 24 female homeowners in rural Smith County.

For one of the first projects, Habitat is leveraging the Women’s Fund grant with a grant from the Affordable Housing Program of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas to repair the home of 74-year-old Winnie Williams. To date, Habitat has installed a 13 Seer Heat Pump package so that Ms. Williams can heat and cool her home safely.

For over 20 years, Ms. Williams has been heating her home with a wood-burning stove that she and her late husband inherited from his father.  After the HVAC was installed she exclaimed, “I don’t have to worry about wood anymore!”

When the project is completed, Ms. Williams’ home will have a new kitchen—including cabinets, countertop with tile backsplash, eating bar, new sink and faucet, stove and fan—and a new front porch with steps and handrails.

Women's Fund representatives Patty Machin, Dr. Mary Fischer and Ellen Krafve discuss repairs on Winnie Williams' home with Raimund Gideon, Smith County Habitat's Director of Construction.

Women’s Fund representatives Patty Machin, Dr. Mary Fischer and Ellen Krafve discuss repairs on Winnie Williams’ home with Raimund Gideon, Smith County Habitat’s Director of Construction.

Members of Smith County Habitat's Staff and Board celebrate receiving The Women's Fund grant.

Members of Smith County Habitat’s Staff and Board celebrate receiving The Women’s Fund grant.

Winnie Williams beside the wood-burning stove that heated her home this winter.

Winnie Williams beside the wood-burning stove that heated her home this winter.

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