Volunteers construct Newburgh houses for Women Build Week

The Habitat for Humanity volunteers are busy at work at 24 and 26 S. Miller St. and other houses, where the sounds of tools punctuate

The Habitat for Humanity volunteers are busy at work at 24 and 26 S. Miller St. and other houses, where the sounds of tools punctuate the air.

The Habitat for Humanity volunteers are busy at work at 24 and 26 S. Miller St. and other houses, where the sounds of tools punctuate the air. (5/4/16)

NEWBURGH - Women are putting their construction know-how to good use as they build houses in Newburgh during Habitat for Humanity's national Women Build Week.

The volunteers are busy at work at 24 and 26 S. Miller St. and other houses, where the sounds of tools punctuate the air.

While donning hard hats or picking up a drill may be breaking new ground for some people, the women at the build site are used to devoting their time to help other families build a future, starting with a new house.

"It's wonderful to give people a home," says Ann Frohnhoefer, of Washingtonville.

"I've learned so much over these last few years," says Amanda Pfister, of Staten Island, who is volunteering at the Newburgh site. "Even power tools. I've been talking with my dad and he's like, 'You know what a Sawzall is?' And I'm like, 'Yeah, dad. I use it all the time!'"

Some of the framework used for the Newburgh build site comes from the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.

"It gets to live on in a house that becomes an affordable home for a family," says Cathy Collins, of Habitat for Humanity in Newburgh.

The Newburgh homes are months away from being completed, but families are expected to move in by spring of 2017.

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