Empowering Women: Building A Healthy Community

Heartland Community Health Center Joins Habitat for Humanity's Women Build Week

In the heart of Topeka, Kan., today, amidst the rain, hum of construction and the spirit of community, Ash Nadeau, Director of Marketing at Heartland Community Health Center, found herself donning a hard hat and swinging a sledgehammer alongside volunteers from local businesses. They weren’t just building a house—they were laying the groundwork for a family’s future.

The team of volunteers came together to help with early construction phase of a new Habitat for Humanity home. 

This upcoming home, featuring 7 bedrooms and full accessibility for individuals with disabilities, is being build as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Women Who Build Week. 

Since 1991, Women Build volunteers from all walks of life have come together to build stronger, safer communities.

Through a zero-interest mortgage, Habitat for Humanity aims to help families break the cycle of poverty and families can achieve homeownership without the burden of high-interest loans.

At Heartland, we recognize that health extends beyond the walls of our clinics. It’s about the conditions we live in, and the opportunities we have. That’s why initiatives like these are crucial,” said Nadeau. “We are incredibly grateful to our neighbors at Topeka Habitat for Humanity for organizing Women Build Week.”

Heartland was invited to participate in Women Who Build by Cohort Digital, a local woman-owned business who is a sponsor of the event. “We believe in uplifting fellow women and their families to improve our community, asking Heartland to collaborate with us was a no-brainer,” said Melissa White, Digital Media Strategist. 

In 2024, Heartland has been ramping up its efforts to connect people with resources in the community through their Community Health Worker program. Their team works with DARE Center, Lawrence Community Shelter, Douglas County Jail, and schools and other organizations across the state to provide essential health services for those with barriers to access to care.

Women Build Week holds special significance this year as it takes place during National Women’s Health Week.

This year’s National Women’s Health Week theme is dedicated to empowering women to take charge of their health journeys and shining a light on health issues unique to women. 

Women and children are more likely to experience health issues due to economic factors and other social determinants of health. Access to safe and affordable housing is a key step toward reducing health disparities for women in our community. 

Habitat for Humanity’s impact extends beyond this one home. Operating in 14 communities across Kansas, including Lawrence and Topeka, Habitat for Humanity is committed to building sustainable and affordable housing in partnership with families, volunteers, and local communities.

If you’re inspired to get involved or are interested in applying for a home, learn more here: 

Lawrence Habitat for Humanity 

Topeka Habitat for Humanity 

Additionally, Habitat for Humanity offers a unique shopping experience through Habitat ReStores.  The Habitat ReStore accepts donations and sells a constantly changing inventory of diverse, high-quality merchandise to the public at a fraction of the retail price, while diverting reusable household items and building materials from area landfills.

Local ReStores are located at 2108 W. 27th St., Ste C. Lawrence, Kansas 66047 and 121 NE Gordon St, Topeka, KS 66608. 

Ash Nadeau, Director of Marketing at Heartland Community Health Center before their shift at the construction site for a Habitat for Humanity home.