Not Your Average Homemakers

WAUKESHA — Mothers and daughters, donning hard hats and wielding hammers, helped construct a Habitat for Humanity home on Eales Avenue in Waukesha for a single mother Wednesday morning.

It is Habitat for Humanity Waukesha's 5th annual Women Build and on the 7th day of the build, a group of volunteers worked on a ranch-style home for Dawn Lhuillier and her 9-year-old daughter Myah, who has special needs.

The home's layout is customized to include ADA accessibility as well as other features that will make life a little easier for Dawn Lhuillier. This means a more open concept interior layout so she and her daughter, who uses a wheelchair, can navigate the home with ease.

Dawn Lhuillier said she is used to having her daughter sleep in another bed nearby her own so she can keep an eye on her, but now their bedrooms will be combined, allowing for a little more space and privacy.

Habitat for Humanity Waukesha's new CEO Mike Crowley said even though the home is on Eales Avenue, it's still part of the Habitat for Humanity neighborhood of homes on White Rock Avenue.

"We're creating a gateway into the Waukesha community and Dawn will be a part of that," Crowley said.

While Habitat for Humanity volunteers are helping build the home, Dawn Lhuillier is also paying off the home with sweat equity hours, the physical labor she's dedicated toward constructing her new house.

It was hard for Dawn Lhuillier to find words to describe just how thankful she was for Habitat for Humanity Waukesha and the volunteers who have spent hours building her home.

"To see all of these people rain or shine is the best feeling I could ever have," Dawn Lhuillier said. "It means so much to me and my family that you guys are partaking in this."

From the Waukesha Freeman