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Local company helps with first home in new Habitat for Humanity community
Local company helps with first home in new Habitat for Humanity community

Tampa, FL -- Employees of Gerdau, a global steel company with a large office in Tampa, will participate in a wall-raising ceremony for the first home in Providence Pointe, the newest Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County community, this Saturday, July 16.

The Ashford’s, the organization’s newest homeowner family, will attend the event, which begins at 9 a.m. at 8425 Radio Lane in Tampa. Volunteers from Gerdau will continue to work on the home throughout the day.

The Ashford family consists of Patricia, a single mother who works for Hillsborough Area Regional Transit, and her three daughters. Patricia says she is excited about owning a home for the first time. “Owning a home means freedom and independence. I want something that I can leave my family.”

Patricia learned about Habitat Hillsborough through helping her sister, Mable Ashford, who built and purchased a home with Habitat in 1999.

Just last week, Jim Kerkvliet, Gerdau’s vice president of sales and marketing, presented a $60,000 check to Habitat Hillsborough Chairman of the Board Rob Martin to fund the construction of the home.

Gerdau employees will be involved throughout the entire process, volunteering their time to help build the house. 

“Our ongoing relationship with Habitat Hillsborough helps provide homes to deserving Tampa Bay families like the Ashfords, and supports one of the pillars of Gerdau’s social responsibility program – affordable housing,” Kerkvliet said. “This will be the fourth home our company has supported in Tampa, and it has also become a major initiative at our field locations. I have been personally involved with this program for several years, and it is so moving to see the impact you have on these families’ lives.”  

The company’s involvement with Habitat demonstrates its commitment to affordable housing and community support.

The other pillars of Gerdau’s social responsibility program include education, health and wellness and history and culture. The company has national partnerships with United Way and American Heart Association, as well as several community partnerships in the areas where it has locations.  

Habitat Hillsborough has also partnered with Citi and Lowe’s for home sponsorship and Hillsborough County Affordable Housing Services for the property and infrastructure at Providence Pointe. Other recent home partners include Publix Super Market Charities, Home Depot, Cisco and the Lightning Foundation.

“We are thankful for our community partners,” said Brian Hastings, Habitat Hillsborough’s executive director. “Because of those partnerships, we are able to continue to provide affordable housing solutions in Hillsborough County.”

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