GREENVILLE, S.C. – Rebuild Upstate recently teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County and Furman University’s Community Conservation Corps to revitalize a deserving family’s home.
The house, built in 1948, sits in the Greater Sullivan neighborhood and has belonged to Janine Griggs and her two children for the past 18 years. Back in 2013, Griggs was out in the yard talking to her neighbor when suddenly the neighbor’s dog attacked. The incident led to serious nerve damage in Griggs’ right arm forcing the former nursing assistant to go on disability.
Not long after the attack, Griggs noticed her house had started leaking from the roof onto the living room and bedroom floor. Immediately contacting the Community Conservation Corps (CCC), the group came to inspect the house and noticed more necessary repairs needed to be made. The CCC made the call to Rebuild Upstate and Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County to find out how the three organizations could work together to repair the home.
“Collaborating with like-minded organizations is key to most organizations accomplishing their mission,” said Chris Manley, Rebuild Upstate’s President/CEO. “We were excited to have another opportunity for partnership and wanted to quickly get to work.”
Rebuild Upstate was first on the scene to start work on the house. The non-profit began replacing the windows in April of this year. Habitat for Humanity followed by repairing rotted subflooring, minor electrical work and replaced the roof as well as the HVAC system. The Community Conservation Corps finished up the job by doing the weatherization for the home.
The new improvements to Griggs’ home have not only spruced up the interior but have significantly lowered utility bills. Along with repairing the damages, another goal was to reduce the 10 percent air leakage to a five. Arriving back at the house a few weeks later to inspect how the repairs were holding up, the non-profits quickly realized the leakage was at one percent, which is a huge win for Griggs as well as the three organizations.
“I am so grateful for these three organizations coming together and helping to repair my home,” said Janine Griggs. “It shows me what a strong community we have here in the Upstate and I’m proud to call this place home.”
About Rebuild Upstate:
Unlike organizations that focus on new home construction, Rebuild Upstate exclusively repairs and improves existing homes. The group serves children, families, and seniors in Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, and Pickens Counties of Upstate South Carolina. In order to maximize resources and meet more needs, the majority of repair work is performed by volunteers overseen by a trained supervisor. Find out more at www.rebuildupstate.com.
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