Habitat for Humanity kicks off building blitz week
In Wake County, North Carolina, Habitat for Humanity kicked off Home Builders Blitz Week, a component of the Home for Good project, a Ply Gem initiative to help build nearly 300 homes.
Ply Gem, a manufacturer of building products headquartered in Cary is the presenting sponsor of Habitat’s Home Builders Blitz, where professional builders in 31 states worked for a week alongside nearly 250 Habitat homeowners to build or repair a place they can call home.
The sponsorship is one component of the Home for Good project - a multi-year initiative that includes the donation of more than $1 million of performance siding and windows and funds for Habitat for Humanity to use to help families build nearly 300 homes in 2016, alone.
Ply Gem partnered with country music icon Alan Jackson to serve as the ambassador of the Home for Good project and whose song, “You Can Always Come Home,” is the anthem for the program; emphasizing that having a place to call home is both fortunate and comforting. Jackson will help dedicate a home outside of Nashville, Tennessee Friday, at the conclusion of Home Builders Blitz week.
“Ply Gem is committed to its core values, and one of those values is operating with respect and fairness in the communities where our associates live and work,” said Gary E. Robinette, chairman and CEO, Ply Gem. “Leading the Home for Good project is the epitome of this – the ideal demonstration of this company priority.”
|Gary E. Robinette, chairman and CEO, Ply Gem|
Habitat launched its first Home Builders Blitz in 2006, four years after Habitat for Humanity Wake County and local builder Tom Gipson recruited 12 homebuilders to donate their time to each build a house in five days. To date, more than 1,500 homes have been constructed under the Home Builders Blitz model. The four Skinner Drive homes are expected to be completed and dedicated next week to the following families: The Reavis; Iman and Farah; Berhe and Asfha and Ifkarane families.
“Wake County is the birthplace of Home Builders Blitz, and we are so grateful to Tom Gipson for getting this idea started,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Amid all the activity that goes on for an exciting event like this, we want never to forget that we are here because we have the privilege of helping families rewrite their stories to build a better future.”