GREENVILLE, S.C. – On Thursday, 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, 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 also 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.
“Every family deserves a roof over their head and food to eat,” said Kim Reynolds, Publix media and community relations manager. “Publix Charities and Publix along with our associates are proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity to make this a reality for families. Our associates serve our customers with stellar customer service, and serve their communities generously by giving of their time and talents to support many nonprofit organizations including Habitat for Humanity. Our associates are always there to give of themselves when our communities are in need.”
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. Carol Hoffman, a local artist, presented the family a watercolor, and Nimble Thimbles Quilt Guild also donated handmade quilts for each family member.
“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 to Publix for this support, which will enable the Hernandez family to experience the life-changing benefits of affordable homeownership.”
About Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County: Through construction of affordable homes, Habitat for Humanity of Greenville enables Greenville families with low income to build strength, stability and self-reliance. Habitat Greenville received the Greenville Chamber’s Neighborhood Improvement Award in 2015, and was recognized with the 2015 Nonprofit Excellence Award, given by the SC Association of Nonprofit Organizations (SCANPO). Chartered in 1985, Habitat Greenville has completed construction of more than 335 homes. In recognition of its financial health, accountability and transparency, Habitat Greenville has received a 4-Star Charity status by Charity Navigator. Learn more at www.habitatgreenville.org.