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Habitat named #1 private home builder in United States!
Builder magazine has ranked Habitat for Humanity as the No. 1 private home builder on Builder 100, its annual listing of the largest U.S. home builders. This is the second year in a row Habitat’s work across the country has been recognized as a top builder of affordable housing in the U.S.
Each year, Builder compiles data from U.S. builders and ranks them by the number of closings for Builder 100. With 3,237 closings in 2015, Habitat topped the private home builder list and placed No. 16 on the comprehensive list.
Dorchester Habitat for Humanity is one of nearly 1,400 Habitat organizations in the U.S. and has worked in Dorchester County for 23 years, helping families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better future for themselves through decent and affordable housing. Dorchester Habitat for Humanity is building its 54th and 55th homes, the first homes of a 10-home construction project in the Clemson Terrace neighborhood of Summerville.
“We are honored to be recognized as the top private home builder on this year’s Builder 100,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “This is a wonderful achievement for us and it could not have been accomplished without the support of our donors and volunteers, who help us empower families through shelter in every community we work in throughout the U.S.”
Habitat welcomes three new Board Members!
Dorchester Habitat for Humanity is thrilled to announce the recent appointments of three new outstanding members to their Board of Directors: Tori Burke-Koskela, Robert Arrington, and Nicholas Cokins. “These three dynamic and community-minded individuals bring years of “hands on” experience in many different avenues that will greatly benefit our Organization” says Executive Director Jaye Elliott. “We are blessed and thankful to have them on board!”
Tori Burke-Koskela is no stranger to the community as she previously worked for the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce as their Director of Membership and Leadership Development. Her extensive experience in fundraising, event planning and community engagement are crucial in aiding Dorchester Habitat for Humanity’s success in continuing to increase the community involvement through Habitat’s special events. Tori currently works for LandArc as the HOA Community Manager of Summers Corner, and is an active member on Dorchester Habitat’s Marketing and Public Relations Team. Tori has graciously shown her support at Groundbreakings and has been an outstanding volunteer for Habitat’s Fundraising events. “My goal is to help promote the importance of community service and bring more awareness to all the wonderful ways Habitat is making a difference in Summerville and Dorchester County,” says Tori. “All of our Nonprofits are making a huge impact, but by getting more people involved, even more can be done.”
Since 2012, Robert Arrington has graciously donated his expertise and services as a professional land surveyor in support of Dorchester Habitat’s Construction and Homeownership Program by serving on the Site Selection Team. Robert generously donates his professional services and time to prepare plats for Habitat homes, and because of his endless generosity and volunteerism, Robert recently received the Golden Hammer Award- one of the highest honors given by Habitat for Humanity. Robert is the President of RLA Associates, PA (professional land surveyors) that has its main office in Summerville. Robert’s generosity and support have saved professional, licensed services that would otherwise be an additional cost to purchase a Habitat home. Robert truly helps to keep the cost of Habitat homes low and affordable for hardworking, low-wealth families who otherwise could not afford to purchase a home. “Robert has been such a blessing to us for nearly fifteen years, going over and beyond in his efforts to further Dorchester Habitat’s mission and to develop and improve affordable, permanent housing in partnership with low-wealth families in Dorchester County,” says Executive Director Jaye Elliott. “He sets such an example for all of us as he personally sacrifices his beliefs and love for others into action for the good of those less fortunate than him.”
Nicholas Cokins has over 40 years of business experience in the Construction, Retail, and Media industries, and has been very active in the community, serving on the Board for Meals on Wheels, active in the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce, and a member of Dorchester Habitat for Humanity’s Grants and Public Relations/Marketing teams. Nik currently works for Summerville Communications as the Media Marketing Consultant. Specializing in marketing and advertising solutions, video production, and digital media marketing, Nik has greatly aided Dorchester Habitat for Humanity in finding the best marketing solutions to share their mission and purpose. Nik shows true passion and support for Dorchester Habitat for Humanity by attending the Groundbreaking and Dedication Ceremonies, volunteering on the build site, and attending all of Habitat’s fundraising events. “I have experienced the warmth and truth of the Habitat Mission, Showing God’s Love In Action,” says Nik. “My interactions with the Dorchester Habitat team, volunteers and recipient families have been a reaffirming and joyful experience.”