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 begins in August 2018, 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 hard-working family.

Beginning in 2005, women have worked together on 11 house builds in Des Moines. In 2018, they will build the 12th Women Build home in our community.



You can participate by joining a Women Build team. E-mail Jenna Ekstrom at jennaekstrom@gdmhabitat.org for information.



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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