MaintenX Begins Sixth Habitat for Humanity House Build to Help Disadvantaged Family
We’ve done it again! This month, with the help of more than 150 employee volunteers and an investment by our senior management of over $100,000, we began our sixth Habitat for Humanity house build to provide a new home to an economically disadvantaged family.
The build continues a charitable tradition with Habitat for Humanity that we’ve been participating in since 2019 and one that perfectly aligns with our legacy of improving people’s lives through quick, cost-efficient, and expert repair solutions.
On April 1, we broke ground on the new house, and over the next few months, we’ll be working on basic construction of the house in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties. The build is being funded by a MaintenX investment of over $100,000 and supported by more than 150 MaintenX volunteers, including many of our professional carpenters, electricians, and plumbers.
We plan to complete the house by May 17 and hold a move-in ceremony for the recipient family, the Hoveys, shortly after.
Resuming an Annual Charitable Tradition
Starting in 2019, we’ve been providing financial support and employee volunteer construction service with a goal to build one Habitat for Humanity house a year for a disadvantaged family needing a home. This effort was kicked off by building one house in 2019, two in 2020, one in 2021, and one in 2022. On top of that, we’ve been a regular sponsor of Habitat for Humanity’s annual Golfing Fore Habitat tournament.
“A new house provides so much more than a physical space for a family to live,” said Bill Schaphorst, Vice President, New Business Development, MaintenX, and one of the leaders of our charity programs. “A new house is a place to make memories, to find stability, and to create space for building a community, and that’s exactly what we feel we are creating with our sixth house that we are building in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. When we first rolled out the opportunity to participate in a Habitat for Humanity house build to our employees as a way to give back to the community, they embraced it 110%, and ever since then we’ve been privileged to tap the professional expertise of their electrical, plumbing, and HVAC skills to build new, clean, safe houses that families can call home.”
Helping the Hovey Family
This year, the MaintenX team is building the house for the family of Yolanda Hovey, a single mother of two daughters, one in college and one in middle school. The Hoveys have been seeking a permanent home, and, in some of their previous homes, have struggled with problems such as rat infestation and difficulty in getting electrical and plumbing repairs made by their landlord.
“I cried and prayed, and I thought about how our prayers have been answered,” said Hovey, when she found out her family had been selected for a new home through Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties. “I told my kids, and they were overjoyed, with my little girl so excited that
she was finally going to get her own room. What I am most looking forward to is having a house with clean air for her. My daughter will no longer have to deal with mold that has caused her allergy problems, and now my children and I will finally be able to have a home where we can feel safe.”
Stay tuned for the house completion and the move-in ceremony in a few months!