July 17, 2016
On Sunday, July 17, our first handicap-accessible home, for the Mayer Family, was dedicated. The Mayer family's son has multiple disabilities. The home is fully handicap-accessible, and includes interior features that will make caring for their youngest son easier, as well as exterior features such as fencing to meet the needs of the family.
As participants in the Habitat program, the Mayers have completed 200 hours of sweat equity and 25 hours of homeownership preparation classes. During the event, the Mayers were presented with gifts that will prepare them for life as homeowners, including tools, a vacuum cleaner, a lawn mower, and cleaning supplies. Carol Hoffman, a local artist, gave the family a watercolor, and Nimble Thimbles Quilt Guild donated handmade quilts for each family member.
This unique home was made possible through the generosity of the partners participating in the Faith Build, a coalition of local churches and organizations that support the mission of Habitat through donations and volunteering. This year’s Faith Build participants include Aldersgate Methodist Church, Earle Street Baptist Church, John Knox Presbyterian Church, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, and Trinity Lutheran Church, as well as The Ice Cream Station. Many of these are longtime partners with Habitat.
“Building this home is outside the realm of our usual work, but we’re dedicated to meeting the needs of the hardworking families that come through our program,” said Monroe Free, Executive Director of Habitat Greenville. “With the support of our Faith Build partners, we look forward to welcoming the Mayer family into their new home where they can flourish.”