Founder’s Day: 30 Years of Building “More than Homes!”

September 30, 2015

Thousands of people from across the Upstate have helped Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County over the past 30 years. On September 20, the organization commemorated its 30th anniversary, and honored some of those who have helped reach this landmark, in a Founder’s Day celebration at First Presbyterian Church.

Special guest, Clemson quarterback DeShaun Watson, was presented Habitat for Humanity International, “Next Generation” award, which recognizes people who grew up in a Habitat home and have achieved success. Watson shared his story of his early life in government housing, and how his family's Habitat homeownership impacted his life, saying, "Once we moved into our Habitat home, my life changed.”  After that, I took a different approach to my schoolwork — and  to football."

Long-time volunteers and Habitat founders, Joe Barron and Tom Faulkner, who have supported the agency since its founding in 1985 were honored, along with were past and present Board members, and some of Habitat’s key partners, Christ Church Episcopal (first Habitat partner); Fluor and Ameco (100th build partners); BB&T, Furman University, Buncombe United Methodist Church (200th build partners) and Greenville Health System (partners for our 300th build).

Monroe Free, President & CEO of Habitat Greenville, summed up the organization’s impact in Greenville over the past 30 years, saying, “Habitat is really in the business of changing lives – not just building homes. We look forward to creating positive change for Greenville’s families with low income for the next 30 years.”