June 20, 2016
BMW Group has called Greer home since the first BMW auto was built in its Greer plant in 1994. On Monday, June 20, BMW associates welcomed the Lee family home to Greer with the dedication of the Habitat home built by the company and its associates. The home was constructed in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County and Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg. BMW Group chose to sponsor a Habitat home as a way to give back to the community during their 100th Anniversary year. BMW Manufacturing committed $70,000 to fully sponsor the home’s construction, and associates from the Spartanburg plant volunteered on the build during the three-month project. Greer was selected as the site for the home since it spans the borders of Greenville and Spartanburg counties.
As a Habitat program participant, Lee has completed 200 hours of sweat equity and 25 hours of homeownership preparation classes. During the dedication, Lee was presented with the keys to her new home, a tool kit, a lawnmower, and cleaning equipment and supplies to maintain home, and quilts for each member of the family, handmade by Nimble Thimbles Quilt Guild.
“We are very proud to dedicate the BMW 100-Year Anniversary home for Catherine Lee and her family,” said Manfred Erlacher, President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing. “It is an honor to be part of making this dream come true, and we hope the Lee family enjoys this home for many years, making wonderful memories and creating new traditions.”
The dedication marks several firsts for the organizations involved. This is the first Habitat home that BMW has sponsored, and this build is the first on which the Habitat affiliates in Greenville and Spartanburg have partnered. Leaders of both affiliates expressed gratitude to BMW for their help in providing affordable housing for qualifying partner families. “Habitat Greenville is grateful for the vision of BMW that has brought about this unique project that will transform the future for the Lee family,” stated Monroe Free, President and CEO of Habitat Greenville. “We are excited to be partnering with BMW and working in collaboration with Habitat Spartanburg to help the Lee family build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership.”
“It has been a joy to work with BMW Manufacturing associates in collaboration with Habitat Greenville to construct the BMW Habitat Home in Greer,” said Lee Close, Executive Director of Habitat Spartanburg. “With the sponsorship of BMW Manufacturing and the skill and energetic dedication of the BMW volunteers, Catherine Lee and her family will now have a new, safe, and energy efficient home to call their own. I can think of no better way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of BMW than to reach out into the community to make a positive difference in the community that BMW calls home in North America.”