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A decade ago, Carolyn, a devoted mother, relocated her family of three kids to Richmond, Virginia, to care for her aging parents. Responsible for her children’s upbringing and assisting her parents, there wasn’t much time allocated to home improvement tasks. Over time, the home she built became increasingly in need of critical repairs. The front and back porches were rotting, creating potential hazards, and Carolyn felt unsafe because her locks and doorknobs were no longer secure.
In response, as part of Ferguson’s Associates in Action month, associates from the company volunteered alongside its newest national partner, Rebuilding Together. In one morning, volunteers provided essential home repairs for Carolyn, including replacing the dry-rotted exterior railings, porch steps and handrails, securing the siding on the house, pruning overgrown shrubbery and installing the new doorknobs and locks. The repairs made by Ferguson associates helped increase the health and safety of Carolyn’s home, preserving it so it can be passed down to the next generation of her family. Furthermore, it gave Carolyn the stability to age in place for years to come.
With support from Ferguson and its associates, neighbors in communities nationwide – just like Carolyn’s – will receive essential home repairs as part of the company’s commitment and $150,000 donation to Rebuilding Together, the leading national nonprofit organization repairing the homes of people in need. The two organizations are partnering to help our neighbors remain where they love, as Ferguson and Rebuilding Together work towards safe homes and communities for everyone.
“The Ferguson partnership with Rebuilding Together builds on our company’s core success: establishing strong relationships with the people we serve. Ferguson has a long history of actively encouraging our associates to feel more connected to their work by engaging in community service,” said Denise Vaughn, vice president of sustainability and ESG. “Our partnership focuses on providing access to shelter and affordable housing which is vitally important in the current economic climate. Ferguson and Rebuilding Together are committed to helping all Americans have access to quality housing, and this partnership is an important step in achieving that goal.”
“In a year of unprecedented hardship with inequalities amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, Rebuilding Together’s mission to repair homes and revitalize communities is more critical than ever before,” said Caroline Blakely, president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “We are incredibly thankful for Ferguson’s partnership and their commitment to meeting the housing challenges of our neighbors in need.”
Ferguson’s partnership with Rebuilding Together is part of its Ferguson Cares mission to ensure everyone has a decent place to live. The company also serves as the official plumbing supplier of Homes for Our Troops, partners with several affiliates of Habitat for Humanity and supports local organizations working to break the cycle of homelessness and expand access to affordable housing.
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