The Simpsonville community gained new homeowners Thursday morning, thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Greenville, Publix Charities, and their partners.
Tony and Rachel Waldrop are the first veteran family to settle in a Habitat home in the city. Tony served in the Marines through 2012, and is a veteran of Afghanistan. He is currently pursuing a degree from Greenville Technical College and works as a PC Technician. Rachel graduated from Greenville Technical College last month, and has already put her degree to use as a paralegal for Greenville County Probate Court.
The couple and their three small children received several gifts from the community at the dedication. Publix, a grocery chain heavily invested in the Simpsonville area, filled their pantry with staples. A gift basket from Greenville Technical College was also included, along with a special acknowledgement of the Waldrops’ achievements from Becky Mann, Director of Executive Communications at the school.
Habitat associates made sure other new homeowner needs were met, giving the couple a lawnmower and a toolbox. Michael’s Janitorial provided cleaning supplies.
Carol Hoffman, a local artist, presented the family with custom artwork. The art is a tradition for Habitat in Greenville, along with a bible from Habitat President Monroe Free.
Nimble Thimbles Quilt Guild provided Rachel and the children with individual quilts. Tony received a surprise honor from Quilts of Valor’s Ken Hinkle and Suzanne DiCarlo for his service as a Marine.
At the end of the ceremony, Nate Moore of Upstate Warrior Solution presented the family with the key to the home.
Each Habitat homeowner must provide 200 hours of “sweat equity” for their home, and the Waldrops accomplished this while working, attending school, and caring for their children.
Located on Boyd Avenue, this is the second home to be completed since the city of Simpsonville renewed their relationship with Habitat last year. Mayor Janice Curtis and Councilmember Jenn Hulehan were on hand to help with the dedication and welcoming on Thursday. Both are vocal supporters of Habitat, and worked construction during Women Build Week last month.
The third home–next door to the Waldrops–is nearing completion.