What happens when a local manufacturer of mining products joins forces with an organization dedicated to making homeownership accessible? Life-changing magic. Once again, Polydeck and Habitat for Humanity has partnered together to not just build homes, but to construct hope and community in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Wall Raising: Where It All Begins
It's August 8, 2023. Everyone is eagerly waiting as Ryan Johnson, Polydeck's VP of Product and Customer Solutions, walks to the podium to address the crowd.
"Our mission isn't just words on a wall; it's a life-long commitment. We're here to serve, grow, and care for people in a way that honors God."
The words hit home. Just ask Evelyn Martin. A year ago, she became a proud homeowner, thanks to Polydeck and Habitat.
"I never thought I'd own a home. Now, thanks to this program, my dream is a reality," said a grateful Martin.
A Shared Vision for Spartanburg
Raymond Davis, Sr., the highly committed Executive Director of Spartanburg’s Habitat for Humanity, sees this collaboration as a natural fit. “Our work with Habitat is about helping families get homes, especially those who might find it tough in the usual ways. It’s good for the families and the whole community," Davis explained.
According to Davis, who joined Habitat on July 18th, 2022, this is a mission that goes beyond constructing individual houses. It aims to uplift the community as a whole.
Thoughtful Selection: It’s All in the Details
The partnership is not limited to nailing 2x4's together. Linda Coltrane, Polydeck’s VP of Employee Care, elaborated on the careful planning involved.
"We’re working with Habitat on several homes. We chose a neighborhood close to important facilities to make life easier for the residents," Coltrane stated.
As Coltrane states, this isn't just a side project for Polydeck; it's an embodiment of their values. "We care about our employees and the wider Spartanburg community. This is one way we show it,” Coltrane added.
For both Polydeck and Habitat for Humanity, it's evident that their work transcends beyond the structural to the emotional and communal.
"It’s not just about the houses; it's about the community we’re building," echoed Johnson.
As new homes continue to pop up on the Spartanburg horizon, it's evident that the collaboration between Polydeck and Habitat for Humanity is laying strong foundations for something even greater: a community where dreams are not just built but lived.
It's a partnership that's not just changing the landscape. More importantly, it's changing lives.
Interested in helping Habitat for Humanity build a stronger Spartanburg?