March 10, 2016
On Thursday, March 10, BMW Manufacturing raised the walls on their Habitat home build, a part of the company's 100th Anniversary celebration.The build was kicked off by Manfred Erlacher, BMW President and CEO, Monroe Free, President & CEO, and Tommy Blackmon, Board Chair of Habitat Greenville; Lee Close, Executive Director, Ken Meinke, Board Vice-Chair, and Russ Blackburn, Board Member, Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg. Habitat Greenville and Habitat Spartanburg are partnering with BMW for this project, which is located at 210 Brown Street in Greer. BMW associates will work alongside construction staff from both Habitat affiliates to manage the unique project.
“We are thrilled to be a part of making a dream come true for the Lee family,” said Manfred Erlacher, President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing. “On the occasion of the 100th Anniversary for BMW Group, and as we look to the next 100 years of our company, it is only fitting that our associates have a part in building a bright future for this family and the Greer community.”
Future homeowner, Catherine Lee, expressed her thanks to BMW, to both affiliates, and to the volunteers who will build her family's home, saying, "I am thankful for the opportunity to participate in the Habitat program. Our home will enable me to provide a future of new opportunities for my children." As a Habitat program participant, Catherine will complete 200 hours of sweat equity and 25 hours of homeownership preparation classes.
Leaders of both Habitat affiliates expressed gratitude to BMW for their vision of providing affordable housing for qualifying partner families. “Habitat Greenville is excited to be partnering with BMW and working in collaboration with Habitat Spartanburg to help the Lee family build and buy an affordable home,” stated Monroe Free, President and CEO of Habitat Greenville. “We are grateful for the vision of BMW that has brought about this unique project, enabling the Lee family to build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership.”
“This is truly a ground-breaking event,” said Lee Close, Executive Director of Habitat Spartanburg. “As we break ground for a new Habitat home for the Lee family, we also break new ground with sponsorship by BMW Manufacturing in celebration of their 100th Anniversary, and we break new ground in collaborative partnership between Habitat Spartanburg and Habitat Greenville. We are honored to be part of this project.”