A proud supporter of Habitat for Humanity for more than two decades, Simpson Strong-Tie has been a national sponsor of Habitat for Humanity International since 2007, donating more than $2.5 million in cash and products. The contribution has helped support numerous Habitat houses across North America as well as U.S. and international programs. In addition, Simpson Strong-Tie employees have contributed hundreds of volunteer hours in building homes and training local Habitat affiliates along with joining the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Projects to repair and build homes affected by natural disasters.
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to eliminating poverty housing around the world. Habitat has helped 6.8 million people find stability and independence through safe and affordable housing. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org.
As a manufacturer of engineered structural connectors, prefabricated shear wall panels and other fastening systems, Simpson Strong-Tie products are used to attach the roof, walls, floor and foundation together to reinforce the structural frame of a home. Although most homeowners never see these products because they're hidden inside the walls, they actually play an important role in making sure a house stays together, particularly in areas subject to high winds, tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes.
"Our employees are very proud to support Habitat and to work alongside people who truly want to build and live in safe, strong, affordable homes. As a company, we are focused on creating structural products that help people build these homes and buildings, so we are honored to be a part of Habitat's work," said Karen Colonias, president and CEO of Simpson Strong-Tie.
In 2016, Habitat for Humanity launched a new program, Habitat Strong, to help its affiliates build more resilient and stronger homes using criteria established by the IBHS® (Institute for Business & Home Safety). Simpson Strong-Tie is proud to be a major sponsor of the program.
Habitat affiliates throughout the country are being invited to participate in training sessions for building to IBHS FORTIFIED Home™ standards. The Habitat Strong program was developed specifically for the Habitat model to be affordable and volunteer-friendly, while offering benefits to partner families that will last for years to come.
“We are very enthusiastic about the new Habitat Strong program that Habitat for Humanity has asked us to support. Habitat Strong is aimed at educating Habitat affiliates on how to build better, including using a continuous load path, which we know improves the resiliency of homes. We're looking forward to helping Habitat affiliates build homes that will better withstand natural disasters, including earthquakes, tornados and hurricanes,” said Simpson Strong-Tie president and CEO Karen Colonias.
In April 2016, five Simpson Strong-Tie employees had the opportunity to participate in a week-long Habitat for Humanity Global Village Program build in the small town of Amarante, Portugal. The group, along with five other volunteers, was the first to start work on remodeling the 30-plus year-old home of a widowed mother and daughter living in the countryside.
The group spent the week-long project completing a number of renovations, including cutting two new doorways into the granite walls, leveling out the floors, blocking and replacing two doorways, removing paint and concrete from the granite, removing a wood stove pipe, patching holes and other openings, digging a ditch for the waste lines and other improvements.
Habitat's Global Village Program provides the opportunity to volunteer abroad and build decent, affordable shelter alongside members of the community. The funds raised help build decent shelter in the country the volunteers visit and support the Global Village program.
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity has grown from a grassroots effort that began on a community farm in southern Georgia in 1976 to a global nonprofit housing organization in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries. People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.
Simpson Strong-Tie is a strong supporter of Habitat's Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Most recently, in August 2016, twelve Simpson Strong-Tie employees participated in the 33rd annual project. The week-long effort of building, renovating and repairing homes in Memphis, TN, brought together thousands of volunteers along with former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn.