Building from the Heart
We’re proud to partner with a variety of local nonprofits to do our part in making Southwest Florida a better place to live. And while we take the responsibility seriously, we also enjoy the fun and the rewards that come with giving. Recently, Home-Tech got the opportunity to sponsor a Habitat for Humanity home for a local resident in need, so we grabbed our tools and hard hats and went to work. The build took about three months and our Home-Tech crew dedicated two weekends of hands-on work – all from the heart.
Habitat for Humanity of Lee & Hendry follows the vision of “a world where everyone has a decent place to live” – and that vision is made possible one home at a time – and that’s something Home-Tech is excited to be a part of. Our President and CEO Steve Marino and our CFO Sonya Sawyer were right in the thick of the action, “It was a great experience for me,” she said. “It really brought me out of my comfort zone – out of the office environment and into the hot sun, working with power tools.”
“Believe me,” she says with a smile, “I have a new appreciation for construction workers!”
This isn’t the first time Home-Tech has donated a house for Habitat for Humanity – in fact, this makes our 17th and counting. Says Sawyer, “Habitat is a fantastic charity because it provides home ownership to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity, due to unforeseen circumstances. We’ve really made a difference in the community and it’s a great feeling.”
Mind you, it’s not just Home-Tech, our volunteer work force, and the folks at Habitat for Humanity that help make the dream come true – it’s the future homeowner as well. Local single mom, Clendy Young, helped build her new house for herself and her one-year old son, located in Lehigh Acres, by doing “sweat equity” of at least 300 hours. Before Habitat and Home-Tech stepped in, Young and her son had been sharing a cramped residence with seven other folks. The new house will give the Young family space, freedom, and security.
Last month, Sawyer and Home-Tech President Steve Marino were thrilled to present Young with the house keys to her new home – and we’re already looking forward to the next home to build.
Happy home ownership, Clendy Young! Another fun and fulfilling mission accomplished by Home-Tech.