Home ownership is a lot of things. It’s the American dream, the cornerstone of every community, the biggest investment we’ll ever make. But more than that, home ownership is about hope, and since 1976 Habitat for Humanity has given hope to more than 4 million people around the world in the form of affordable housing. Lowe’s is a proud partner of Habitat for Humanity and a strong supporter of the work it does to help low-income families across the country find hope in a home of their own.
On Oct. 5, 2013, that partnership and support took on a more personal note when employees from Lowe’s of Medford, Oregon, marched to the site of the 50th Habitat home built in that city, a home that would soon be owned by one of their co-workers. Mandy Taylor, a customer service associate at Lowe’s of Medford, was showing family where her new home was going to be built when she saw something that took her breath away.
“A group of blue T-shirts was heading my way,” Taylor said. “My heart stopped and I resisted the urge to burst into tears as I saw my store coming across the field to not only stand by me on this life-changing day, but to help me stand up the walls of my family’s new home.”
A group of blue T-shirts was heading my way. My heart stopped and I resisted the urge to burst into tears as I saw my store coming across the field to not only stand by me on this life-changing day, but to help me stand up the walls of my family’s new home.– Mandy Taylor, Lowe’s employee and Habitat homeowner
The team from Lowe’s of Medford surprised Mandy by making her home their Lowe’s Heroes project. Since the late 1990s, the companywide program has encouraged employees to take on thousands of volunteer projects to improve the communities they serve. More than 1,200 projects using $1.75 million in materials were completed in 2013, including Mandy’s Habitat build in Medford.
“That was a day my kids and I will never forget,” Taylor said. “The outside walls were raised, not by strangers, but by friends and family – my Lowe’s family.”