Bell Legal Group and Habitat for Humanity

Published Thursday, July 22, 2010 11:19 PM

Georgetown, SC – Habitat for Humanity Georgetown County helped Habitat for Humanity achieve the rank of No. 8 on the Builder 100 list, marking the first time the nonprofit has been among the top 10 biggest builders in the United States. The list also shows Habitat, with 5,294 closings last year, moved up three spots in 2009 from its 2008 ranking of No. 11.

Habitat for Humanity Georgetown County was established in 1991 and to date has closed on 84 homes, with the 85th home starting on July 29th. Both of these homes are on Player Street, plus two others on the same street, that were sponsored by the Bell Legal Group.

The 2010-11 Women Build home will begin on September 18. Lowe’s is the national sponsor for this initiative and will provide six training workshops for the volunteers at their Surfside store. For more information about these workshops, please call 546-5685 x 4.

“We are so blessed to have very generous donors, sponsors and extremely dedicated volunteers who make it possible for Habitat to continue building simple, decent, affordable homes or God’s people in need,” stated Annette Perreault, Executive Director of the Georgetown County affiliate.

“Our goal is to complete our 90th home in 2011, our 20th anniversary. Your contribution of time and/or resources will help us reach this goal. Join us as we strive to eliminate sub-standard housing in Georgetown County one home a time.”

In 2009, Habitat affiliates repaired 710 homes nationwide, up from 621 homes in 2008. Around the world, Habitat for Humanity helped 61,005 low-income families by building 23,657 new houses and rehabilitating or repairing 37,348 houses.

Builder magazine’s annual Builder 100 List compiles data provided by the nation’s builders, including their closings.

“Habitat for Humanity affiliates have been working in more than 1,500 communities in the U.S. to ensure that more than 5,200 families had a new or renovated affordable home to live in last year,” said Mark Andrews, senior director of U.S. Operations for Habitat for Humanity International. “We could not have accomplished this work without the sustained support of local leaders, volunteers and donors.”

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing.

Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people.

For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitatgeorgetown.com.