September 06, 2016
On Thursday, September 1, Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County and Upstate Publix associates came together to celebrate several milestones with Simonita Hernandez and her family – the dedication of their new Habitat home, and her son’s continued remission from cancer. Homeowner Simonita Hernandez previously applied for the Habitat program in 2011, but withdrew from the program due to her son’s diagnosis of leukemia. After successful treatment and remission of her son’s disease, Ms. Hernandez was able to reenroll in the program, completing 25 hours of homeownership preparation classes and more than 200 hours of sweat equity helping to build her home and other Habitat homes. She will pay an affordable mortgage for the home.
This home was made possible by funding from Publix Super Market Charities, which pledged $4 million in 2016 to fund the construction of Habitat homes across the Southeast. Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County is one of 40 affiliates to receive funding from Publix. Publix store manager, Trevor Spaid, presented the Hernandez family the key to their home, and on behlf of Publix, generously presented the family with $500 in groceries as well. “Not only does Publix provide great service to its customers, but it also serves the community,” said Monroe Free, President and CEO of Habitat Greenville. “We are deeply grateful for this support, which will enable the Hernandez family to experience the life-changing benefits of affordable homeownership."
During the dedication, build partners and sponsors presented the Hernandez family with gifts that will prepare them for life as homeowners, including tools, a vacuum cleaner, lawnmower, and cleaning supplies. Many thanks to Michael's Janitorial, and Solomon's Landscape & Design, LLC. The Publix build was our first project with the Goodwill Youthbuild Greenville, who participated in construction of the deck at the Hernandez home.