Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County, South Carolina seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing
people together to build homes, communities and hope. They believe that affordable homeownership is
foundational for creating family stability, ensuring academic success for children and eliminating
But the cost of acquiring land and construction continues to increase in the Greenville area. The city of
Greenville uses federal funding to acquire property and make it available for affordable housing. Habitat
is one developer who has benefitted from this program.
Eight years ago Habitat started the “CEO Build” program to help support their efforts in the community.
CEOs provide money and volunteers from their companies to help build houses. Actually, the business
leaders in the CEO Build are actively working on the 350th home for Greenville County. That is a
significant milestone and a way of creating awareness of the need.
House of Raeford Farms’ Greenville, SC location decided to jump on board. In addition to a financial
contribution, the company recently sent more than a dozen volunteers from their management team to
work on a Habitat for Humanity home build in Greer, SC. They all worked hard to help give a family their
future dream home. Vicki Fedder, Thigh Room Supervisor said, “Not only was working on this house
great for team building, but it was an excellent opportunity to give back to our community.”
According to Habitat Greenville President and CEO Monroe Free, “We all know there is an affordable
housing crisis in our community. It really is a testament to our business community that so many local
leaders have chosen to support this home and this family in their quest for strength, stability and self-
reliance through home ownership. We are honored to have House of Raeford join this year’s CEO
– The Habitat program has been carefully designed to ensure successful outcomes. That success is based
on the following model.
– Careful selection and preparation of families for homeowner partnership
– An intentional educational and financial preparation process of prospective homeowner families
– Engaging families, through educational preparation and the performance of “sweat equity” in
order to better themselves
– Insistence on personal responsibility by each homeowner family
“We are particularly drawn to Habitat’s model because their programs have proven results that really
empower families to take ownership of their housing goals,” said Curtis Carr, House of Raeford’s
Director of Community Outreach. “They offer a real ‘hand up’ towards affordable homeownership
rather than just a ‘hand out’. It’s a privilege to play a small part in the great work that Habitat is doing
here in the Greenville area.”