This month, we had the honor of hanging out with inspiring women leading change in our community during our Women Build the Future breakfast, co-hosted with San Diego Habitat for Humanity. It was an uncharacteristically cold and rainy morning for sunny San Diego, but that didn’t temper the enthusiasm of the women who turned out.
Attendees came from various backgrounds—from entrepreneurs to heads of local foundations—but bonded over a shared passion for helping hardworking San Diegans become homeowners. Lori Holt Pfeiler, President and CEO of Habitat, shared stories of neighbors helping neighbors build their homes, weaving integral threads in the fabric of their community. A new Habitat family in El Cajon experienced a true sense of belonging when their neighbors greeted and welcomed them to their new home. Instead of moving from lease to lease, families stay in Habitat homes for multiple generations—the true definition of stability.
“When more families are stable, the economy improves and neighborhoods thrive.”
—Lori Holt Pfeiler, CEO and President of San Diego Habitat for Humanity
After getting to know each other over coffee and bagels, we trekked through the dirt to see the construction underway on Comm22 in Logan Heights. Despite the weather, it was an opportune time to visit and see the three phases of construction laid out. The first set of homes just had families move in, the second is in the final stages of construction, and the third is the site of the Women Build event throughout the month of May. Additional women changemakers began trickling in, volunteering their time to raise the framing for living rooms and kitchens that will bind families for generations.
Seeing the construction firsthand piqued many of our attendees’ interest in volunteering with Habit and investing in the homebuilding investment strategy to accelerate the production of homes like these by 60% over the next five years.