PLEASANTON, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie volunteers from across the country are traveling to the Gulf Coast, May 11-16, to work alongside former U.S. President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn. Simpson Strong-Tie employees join thousands of volunteers to build 30 new homes, rehabilitate 30 homes and frame up to 48 more in the host cities of Biloxi, Gulfport and Pascagoula, Miss., as part of the 25th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project hosted by Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
As part of this year’s project, volunteers will build houses in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Alabama. The Carters will visit some of these sites and help build houses in New Orleans and Covington, La.; Bay St. Louis, Miss.; and Mobile, Ala., to help raise awareness of ongoing recovery taking place in the communities along the Gulf Coast.
In total, more than 250 houses will be built or repaired by the end of the year as part of the overall project. Families will pay a no-profit mortgage for the homes, with mortgage payments recycled to build even more simple, decent and affordable housing in these communities.
“Simpson Strong-Tie is committed to helping build safer and stronger homes economically in collaboration with families in need,” said Terry Kingsfather, president of Simpson Stong-Tie. “By sharing similar goals with Habitat and working together at the 25th annual Carter Project, we can provide more people in the Gulf Coast with homes that are built to last.”
In addition to sending a team of eighteen volunteers from California, Ohio, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina and Alabama, Simpson Strong-Tie is supporting Habitat’s Carter Project with a cash donation and a supply of structural connector products to be used in the 30 new homes built during the weeklong project. Simpson Strong-Tie refinforced its support, which extends more than a decade, to Habitat for Humanity in 2007 when it announced that it would make a $1 million donation to the organization – the donation made up of cash and gift-in-kind products spans a four-year period. The donation is being used to help underwrite Habitat for Humanity projects, such as the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project and the Home Builders Blitz.
The Carters are Habitat’s most famous volunteers. Each year since 1984, the Carters have given one week of their time to build homes and raise awareness about the need for simple, decent and affordable housing. Previous Carter Project events have been held in Los Angeles, Michigan, New York City, Hungary, the Philippines, South Korea and South Africa.