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Local Habitat to take part in Repair Corps project

POSTED: November 1, 2011 11:40 a.m.

Habitat for Humanity of Effingham County has been selected to participate in Repair Corps, a veterans-support initiative of Habitat for Humanity International and The Home Depot Foundation.

Habitat for Humanity of Effingham County is one of 36 Habitat affiliates selected to participate in this pilot program designed to support veterans in need of home repair. Habitat for Humanity of Effingham County will be granted up to $10,000 to for repair work on the home of U.S. veterans in Effingham County.

Repair Corps is designed under the same model as new homes built with Habitat families where the veteran will repay the zero interest loan necessary for these repairs. Habitat for Humanity in Effingham County is currently solicting applications from eligible veterans to particate in this program.

“We are excited to participate in the launch of Habitat for Humanity’s Repair Corps program and grateful to The Home Depot Foundation for funding this project,” said Jimmy Rutland, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Effingham County. “It is truly an honor to work in partnership with former service men and women, and their families.”

Said George Groce, development director for Habitat for Humanity of Effingham County: “As a veteran with 20 years of military service, I greatly appreciate the opportunity to help fellow veterans with their housing needs. It’s a wonderful way to thank our veterans for all they have done.”

Habitat for Humanity’s Repair Corps will begin as a pilot project funded by The Home Depot Foundation with an $800,000 cash and in-kind gift card donation. Home repair grants will be allocated in amounts up to $10,000 for each Repair Corps project. The program grants will cover the cost of a variety of repairs that could include roofing and weather stripping to the installation of wheelchair ramps and renovated bathrooms and doorways to accommodate disabled veterans.

“We are proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity International as we aim to ensure that every U.S. veteran has a safe and accessible place to call home,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation.

Habitat for Humanity’s Repair Corps is part of a three-year, $30 million investment The Home Depot Foundation is making to multiple organizations to help ease the burdens of military veterans by repairing and renovating homes and public facilities for military veterans.

About The Home Depot Foundation

Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $270 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see its associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like Home Depot on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.

For more information, to donate or to volunteer, visit www.habitat.org, or follow it at www.facebook.com/habitat or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog.

About Habitat for Humanity of Effingham County Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Effingham County was founded in 1995 as a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International serving Effingham County, Georgia. Our administrative offices are co-located with its Restore at 3605 Georgia Highway 21 South in Rincon.

For more information visit EffinghamHabitat.org, or follow on Facebook(Habitat for Humanity of Effingham-County), contact the Effingham Habitat for Humanity at:

Habitat for Humanity of Effingham County PO Box 578 Springfield, GA 31329-0578 826-6433 George Groce, Development Director george@effinghamhabitat.org or Jimmy Rutland, Executive Director director@effinghamhabitat.org

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