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Hammer Time: Author Participates in Habitat’s National Women Build Week

2017 Women Build Week - TT Jennifer Chapel
Hanging with Jennifer Chappel, Executive Director Midland County Habitat for Humanity

As I reflect on the past week, I can say with great pride that I have turned a new leaf! My heart is dwelling in gratitude for the ability, both physically and mentally, to donate my time, talent, and treasure to others. While the physical part is taxing, it didn’t stop me from participating in Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week.


An author with a day job (most of us have these), I  have the privilege of working for a company that supports giving back. I spend my weekdays surrounded by colleagues who possess giving spirits, and a genuine desire to help people in need, and improve the lives of others. This is one of my favorite things about working for Three Rivers Corporation. Through their partnership with Midland County’s Habitat for Humanity chapter, the ladies of Three Rivers took off their heels and pearls and replaced them with hard hats and safety glasses.

Group photo
The capable, strong, kind, giving women of Three Rivers Corporation! From left to right: Hannah, Jen, Kim, Me, Shannon, Kristin, Gwen, Summer, Kathy

Not only did we help a family in need, we were also provided a fantastic team building opportunity! It’s important to get away from the office environment and learn about each other’s strengths, and see personalities shine. We often neglect to humanize our co-workers, which can complicate different aspects of working together. I learned a lot about the ladies of Three Rivers during our day together! We are a fierce, capable, badass group of kindhearted, giving women – a perfect blend of hard and soft.

Carrying wood
Transporting building materials with Girl on the Right sass!

Stepping away from myself and book business this week was the perfect antidote to reconnect with my community, and the power I wield as a human being with a heart for service. From the Safe & Sound 5k last weekend to the Women Build event this week, I feel strong from the inside out. What a beautiful gift! #WomenBuild

Bella Vida


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