May 04, 2016
Habitat Greenville, Michelin, and Greenville Technical College celebrated our first home build of 2016 on May 4, with the dedication of the Chappell family home in Greer. This home marks Michelin's tenth Habitat home, and the fourth in which Greenville Technical College has participated. Greenville Technical College students and administrators helped raise funds for the project, and both they and Michelin employees served as construction volunteers. In addition to the gifts from our partners, Michelin and Greenville Tech, the build was supported by a grant from Greer State Bank.
As a “military kid,” who lived in six cities before she was ten, Yanti Chappell knows the value of stability for her family. Her journey to homeownership began four years ago when she applied to the homeownership program. Although she didn’t qualify at that time due to credit issues, Yanti worked to improve her credit, reapplied in 2014, and was accepted. Over the past two years, she has performed "sweat equity" helping build Habitat homes, and completed homeowner preparation classes to fulfill Habitat's program requirements.
At the May 4 dedication of her home, Yanti tearfully thanked the volunteers and partners who helped build her home—Michelin, represented by Leesa Owens, Director of Community Relations, and Greenville Tech, represented by President, Keith Miller, and Director of Executive Communications and Public Relations, Becky Mann. Monroe Free, President and CEO of Habitat Greenville, said, “The dedication is such an important moment for our families. It shows them that their hard work in our program has paid off, and they finally get to begin their lives in the home that they have earned. We are grateful to again work with our partners, Michelin and Greenville Tech, to help another family attain affordable homeownership.”