On a gorgeous summer day, 12 Infor employees from the St. Paul office participated in a Habitat for Humanity Women Build on the city's East Side, and learned how hard it is to choose just one family for a home.
Habitat for Humanity's Women Build offers a unique approach to eliminating poverty housing in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota). At Women Build construction sites, not only do women provide the volunteer labor for everything from framing to landscaping, but each project is managed, start to finish, by an experienced woman site supervisor from the Twin Cities Habitat staff.
Infor volunteers tore down scaffolding, painted garage trim, built temporary platforms, stabilized a porch, and prepped the upstairs for insulation by covering the beams with a plastic vapor barrier.
In addition to the physical labor, Habitat staff walked the Infor Women Build Team through an educational exercise during lunch. The staff explained the arduous task Habitat experiences when choosing a family for a home, as the need far exceeds the number of homes available. Typically in the Twin Cities, up to 70 qualified families are eligible for each Habitat home that is built. During the lunch exercise, the Infor Team read the applications of five families that applied, and selected the one they thought best met the criteria. Habitat homeowners are chosen based on a number of criteria, and the Habitat committees use an elaborate scoring system of those criteria, which include: ability to pay the mortgage, current access to affordable housing, family need, and desire to live in the specific community.
When the two-story house the Infor women worked on is finished, it will become home to a family of nine-two adults and seven children.
All in all, the Infor participants said the day was a fun, rewarding, and eye-opening experience.
"This build was my first experience with Habitat for Humanity, and I'm thankful to have contributed to building a wonderful home with an empowering group of women," said Mandi Stebbins, Infor business development representative.
At Twin Cities Habitat, volunteers build and rehab simple, quality homes in partnership with low-income families and the community. Habitat sells the homes with affordable, 0 percent interest mortgages. In addition to the financial commitment, homeowners pay with sweat equity by contributing to the building of their home and/or participating in another Habitat build or rehab project.
Infor is a long-time partner with Habitat for Humanity in the effort to end poverty housing through local volunteerism and financial contributions. Infor also provides the technology that helps Habitat for Humanity effectively manage its finance and accounting operations globally.