February 02, 2018
Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County dedicated a home for Brittany Bartilucci and her son Dominic on Thursday, February 1, 2018. The home was generously donated to Habitat Greenville in honor of Marjorie E. Schmidt, who lived in the house for over 35 years. Bartilucci is in the process of completing Habitat’s affordable homeownership program and purchasing the home.
As a Habitat Greenville program participant, Bartilucci has completed 25 hours of homeownership education classes as well as 200 hours of “sweat equity,” helping rehabilitate her home and build the homes of other Habitat homeowners, all while working full time and raising her son Dominic. She will pay an affordable mortgage for the home.
The donation of a complete home to Habitat Greenville is a rare act of generosity. The organization typically builds homes with partners and volunteers that are then matched with families who are successfully completing its affordable homeownership program. According to Habitat Director of Project Management John Lattimore, “This home was in incredible shape and the owners provided years’ worth of maintenance and update records.” Habitat made minor interior and safety updates during the rehabilitation process, paved a new driveway and landscaped the property.
“We are deeply grateful for the generous donation provided in honor of Marjorie E. Schmidt. A gift like this can truly transform lives and break the cycle of poverty in our community,” said Monroe Free, President and CEO of Habitat Greenville. “Brittany has worked extremely hard throughout our program, which has prepared her to manage her finances, pay an affordable mortgage and become a responsible homeowner. The future is bright for her and Dominic!”
During the dedication, Bartilucci was presented with a ceremonial key and several gifts to prepare her for life as a homeowner. This included tools from Habitat’s construction team, a vacuum cleaner and cleaning supplies from Michael’s Janitorial, a lawnmower from Solomon’s Landscaping and Design, quilts from Nimble Thimbles Quilt Guild, a painting from local artist Carol Hoffman, and a gift certificate for Habitat’s Greenville ReStores.