february 23, 2016
aps, city of peoria help single mom start a new life in habitat for humanity home
construction began this weekend; all took part in momentous wall-signing ceremony
Representatives from Arizona Public Service and the City of Peoria gathered on Saturday with the Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona to start construction on a new Peoria home for a single mother and her two children. More than 20 volunteers from APS’s Community Connectors Program were on hand with hammers and hard hats to start building the home, which is expected to be completed within four months.
Attendees were invited to take part in a Habitat tradition where all are encouraged to sign the first framed wall of the new home. The signing was led by Councilwoman Vicki Hunt (City of Peoria), David Bunzel (Volunteer and Community Support Manager at Habitat for Humanity), Sue Kidd (General Manager at APS), and the Abdi family, who will be the proud owners of this new home.
“I speak for all of APS and our employees when I say it is a privilege to be directly involved in the good work that Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona is doing to improve the lives of Arizonans,” said Sue Kidd, APS General Manager, Transmission & Distribution Engineering and a Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona board member. “With each home built by Habitat for Humanity volunteers, a family like the Abdis has a chance to realize the American dream, and our community becomes that much stronger.”
Selamawit Abdi was born and raised in Ethiopia and moved to the United States just after her daughter, Yerosan, was born more than 10 years ago. After feeling her current neighborhood was no longer safe for her family, including son Kena, she reached out to Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona to achieve the American dream of owning a house and transitioning her young family into a safer neighborhood that is better suited for her children.
“All I can do today is thank the sponsors for giving my family and I the opportunity to own our own house,” said Abdi. “It means so much to us; I cannot thank everyone involved enough.”
APS has supported Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona since 1997, providing nearly 5,000 hours of volunteer assistance since 2006 and sponsoring a new home build for the last five years. As the Stable Framework Sponsor on this build, APS funded $42,500 of the build and is providing 20 volunteers every other weekend until completion of the project, along with support from City of Peoria. Habitat for Humanity independently identifies the recipients, who must meet Habitat’s requirements regarding home ownership and “sweat equity.”
, Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electricity utility, serves nearly 1.2 million customers in 11 of the state’s 15 counties. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the largest principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp.
About Habitat for Humanity for Humanity Central Arizona
Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona (HFHCAZ) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that builds, renovates and repairs homes in partnership with families in need. Serving Arizona since 1985, HFHCAZ (an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International) is an independent, locally-run nonprofit organization which helps local families with low to moderate incomes become homeowners by building and partnering in the creation of affordable housing. Services offered include new construction, home renovations, home repairs, reconstructs, neighborhood revitalizations, emergency home repairs, and contract services for public and non-profit industries. HFHCAZ also builds community partnerships that promote spiritual values and individual responsibility. The Central Arizona affiliate is one of the largest and most active of the Habitat affiliates and is responsible for building and renovating more than 1100 homes and serving more than 2100 families. Currently, the affiliate is active in Maricopa County and Pinal County.