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Published May 09, 2014, 07:06 PM

Habitat for Humanity's National Women Build Week in Moorhead

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - This week, women volunteers are fighting to help needy families afford homes.

By: Catherine Ross, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - This week, women volunteers are fighting to help needy families afford homes.

Nationally, Habitat for Humanity hosted thousands of female workers for its seventh National Women Build Week.

Friday, a dozen women volunteers lifted, drilled and got dirty rebuilding this Moorhead home.

This mission - to give other women and families an affordable place to live.

Pete Christopher/ Marketing Manager, Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity: “Really to get the women of the community out, kind of in a non-traditional role, you know, out really building.”

Cashondra Fenroy-Eaden is one of the women paying it forward.

She knows first-hand how it feels to get a second chance.

The single-mother of six moved to Fargo from Georgia to escape domestic violence.

Cashondra Fenroy-Eaden/ Habitat for Humanity Volunteer/Recipient: “A new start, a better future for me and my children.”

The family of seven currently lives in a 3-bedroom government subsidized apartment.

But this summer they're moving into their own Habitat for Humanity home.

Fenroy-Eaden: “It gives us stability. We can actually be a part of the community and know that we're going to stay there.”

For many, the stability of owning a home can open up other opportunities in life.

Fenroy-Eaden: “They'll be able to make lasting connections and friends they'll have for a lifetime, know they'll be able to go to the same school next year, put down roots, be free to decorate their room. Just simple things like that.”

And Fenroy-Eaden's change of fortune encouraged her to help others.

Fenroy-Eaden: “I always say that every day that you wake up is a blessing and you should bless other people with that.”

Next Friday, Habitat for Humanity will host a home-building workshop at Journey in Faith Lutheran Church in West Fargo.

The event costs $10 and proceeds will go toward Fenroy-Eaden's new home.