A mother and daughter, along with Walmart, join forces to change lives.
Columbus resident, Felichia Head and her 18-year-old daughter, LaStarr, recently completed 250 hours of "sweat equity" to fulfill part of the requirement to become a new homeowner through Habitat for Humanity - Greater Columbus.
Felichia and three children, including LaStarr, received the keys to their new home on the southside thanks to their own hard work and sponsorship by Walmart and its foundation. In addition to the financial contribution, more than 430 Walmart employees from throughout Columbus contributed more than 3,100 volunteer hours in the construction of this home.
Mother and daughter learned new construction skills and worked alongside the volunteers from Walmart, many learning construction skills for the first time as well. Felichia and LaStarr laughed at their home construction skills or lack thereof, and they bonded even more as mother and daughter through this experience. Mom was able to show her daughter and her other younger children the first-hand experience of hard work, devotion to good financial practices, and perseverance that results in their new home.
Felichia Head has been a model Habitat Partner family. She is an excellent role model to her children. I can only image the pride she feels watching her daughter learn and grow during this process," said E.J. Thomas, CEO, Habitat for Humanity - Greater Columbus.
This home was made possible by a $100,000 contribution from Walmart and its Foundation, one of five grants for new Habitat homes in Ohio this past fall. Walmart employees volunteered five days per week, generally on their days off. They became friends with Felichia and her children as they helped put construction decking on the poured foundation, frame the house, install insulation, hang drywall, install windows and doors, hang siding, paint walls, landscape, and more.
"It's important to Walmart that our giving efforts in each of the communities we serve support organizations that help provide access to a better life," said Michael Whitted, Walmart's Habitat for Humanity project leader in Columbus. "Our experience with Habitat serves as a source of pride for our associates who helped build this house. Not only were our associates able to give back to the community and make a difference in the lives of Felichia and her family, but many of us learned new skills along the way."
Since 1987, Habitat for Humanity - Greater Columbus (HFHGC) has helped make the dream of homeownership a reality for more than 200 families in Franklin County. For more information, visit www.habitatcolumbus.org.