Helping families in Savannah build dreams

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

SAVANNHA, GA (WTOC) - The current economy is hitting home for everyone especially those without a decent home, but one group is trying to fix that.

At least once a week you'll find Mark Piven in the Tatemville neighborhood working in the hot sun to build homes for needy families. Piven is no stranger to helping out the community, for nine years he's been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.

"I needed to something to do since I retired from being a shop teacher in New York and this gives me something to do constructive and give back to the community," said Piven.

Giving back to the community in a big way they've already built two homes now working on the third, and have a piece of property that will make room for two more.

Virginia Brown, executive director of Habitat for Humanity in Savannah, says for these five homes in the Tatemville neighborhood more than 1,100 families applied.

"What we have seen is the need is greater than it has been before and unfortunately we do have substandard housing in our community. But, fortunately we have a solution and we can build new homes and sell them at zero percent profit and zero percent mortgage and making it very affordable for not only families to have a decent place to live and changes their family life forever," said Brown.

This is changing lives by not just building homes, but building dreams.

Four Seasons home products announced they will help supply windows for one of the homes as away to give back to the community. Greg Cole, the director of the Southeast region, says he has always wanted to donate to the organization.

"I've always seen the signs everywhere and thought it was great cause I drove by the houses and thought I should get involved and taking the opportunity to get down and do it," said Cole.

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