Memphis, Tenn., Oct. 25, 2017 – This fall, hundreds of ServiceMaster volunteers have worked side-by-side with a future Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis homebuyer to build their home. This year’s project marks the 11th home built entirely by ServiceMaster employees.
Memphis Habitat’s fall build started in September and runs through November in the Oakhaven neighborhood, where 10 prospective homebuyers are building the homes they will soon buy through Habitat’s affordable mortgage program.
“Collaboration with good corporate citizens, like ServiceMaster, is vital to continuing our work to impact neighborhoods in a significant way,” said Dwayne Spencer, president and CEO of Memphis Habitat. “At Habitat, we believe everyone deserves a decent, affordable place to live, and are so grateful ServiceMaster has helped support that vision since 2007 and made it possible for 11 families to buy a home for the first time. With the continued support of ServiceMaster, homeowners have been able to achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.”
ServiceMaster has served as a Memphis Habitat house-building sponsor since 2007, providing more than 3,700 volunteers and an estimated 17,000 volunteer hours to help local families build and buy their first homes.
“ServiceMaster has a long-standing commitment to Habitat for Humanity,” said Velvet Graham, senior director of Events and Community Relations for ServiceMaster. “We are thrilled to begin our 11th Habitat home, and each of the employees giving back is proud to work alongside the new homeowner.”
In addition to their new home-building efforts, ServiceMaster added revitalization to its partnership with Memphis Habitat in 2014 and has since helped improve more than 15 owner-occupied properties in Uptown Memphis. Prior to the start of the fall build, ServiceMaster worked with Habitat to repair fencing, landscape and beautify properties in the Oakhaven neighborhood during ServiceMaster’s annual We Serve Day on Aug. 18, 2017. ServiceMaster was also a sponsor of the 2016 Carter Work Project, which was held in Memphis.
ServiceMaster and Habitat will hold the dedication ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 to celebrate the completion of the home and the homebuyer soon closing on their mortgage and moving into the home.
Memphis Habitat is currently seeking support for its 2018 home-building efforts. For information on how to support and build with Memphis Habitat, contact Rachel Koch, volunteer and events manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901-322-3504.
About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis partners with people in our community to help them build or improve places they can call home through new home construction, rehabilitation projects and Aging in Place accessibility and mobility modifications for seniors. Since 1983, Memphis Habitat has helped more than 480 first-time homebuyers secure affordable mortgages and completed rehabilitation and home modification projects in partnership with more than 350 local homeowners, helping them achieve the independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. For more information, visit memphishabitat.com.
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