After making affordable homeownership a reality for 154 low-income residents over the last 38 years, Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity now has a new home of their own. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place last week at 701 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to celebrate the 2700 sq. ft. location serving as their new main headquarters.
Zerik Samples, Coastal Habitat for Humanity CEO said, “Many meetings were delayed with the previous location and now is the opportunity to showcase the new building which was built for the community.”
The new building features a six-office administrative suite, Habitat ReStore, Accounting, Homeowner Service Manager, Volunteer Coordinator and Development Director with enough space to hold volunteers and community members during events and fundraisers. The new space will allow everyone to be under the same roof for the first time.
“It’s a beautiful transition when we can have our partner families working on their homeowner education and can also meet with the volunteers and construction management under one roof,” Samples said. “This would not be possible without the generosity of the Courtney Knight Gaines Foundation, Inc. Cogdell & Mendrala Architects, Dulohery Weeks Engineers, and the Metro Rotary Club of Savannah.”
Samples is grateful and excited about things ahead. He said, “I want to thank everyone who came out to support us. We do believe it takes a village to help each one of these families. We appreciate each person who attended the grand opening and the best is yet to come.”
Seven new homes are in the works in the Garden City and Woodville-Tompkins areas for next year and consolidating locations will allow everyone involved to collaborate efficiently to save time and resources. “We believe that every hard working family deserves a safe and affordable home of their own,” said Jed Young, Coastal Habitat for Humanity Board Chairman.
The group’s mission statement subscribes “to a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Seeking to put God’s love into action, the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.”
For more information, visit habitatsavannah.org