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 began this August, 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.

The future homeowners of this year’s Women Build are Van & Thiang (pictured below at the wall-raising). Van and Thiang were both born in Burma. They met and started their family there, but moved to Malaysia for a time before resettling in the United States in 2013. They have three sons; David (12), Joseph (7), and Daniel (3).

Van & Thiang
Van and Thiang’s family enjoys spending time together on the weekends, going to church every Sunday, and having picnics in the park with friends. They are eager for the freedom that homeownership will provide and will enjoy hosting gatherings in their new home. For them, paying rent felt like throwing money in the trash and they are very excited for the opportunity to invest in themselves and their family through their monthly mortgage payments.


Thank you to this year’s generous supporters!

Aspen Aire
Cheryl Knapp
Contractor Services
Gannon Roofing Supply
Gilcrest Jewett
Homes with Nora
Iowa State Bank
Koch Facial Plastic Surgery & Spa
Medicap Pharmacy
Michael and Bev Hutney
Midwest Construction
Monarch Foundations
Packaging Distribution Services, Inc
Pamela Bass-Bookey
Peggy Fisher
Stone Source
Ted Thoms
William C. Knapp Charitable Foundation


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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