FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 8, 2012) –The employee-owners of Home-Tech, a local air conditioning and major appliances service and sales company, handed over the keys to the 16th Habitat for Humanity home that the company has funded to date to Rosabel Hernandez and her sons Jessie and Chris, of Lehigh Acres, at a dedication ceremony last week. The dedication featured a blessing of the home, and the presentation of a house-warming gift and keys to the house.
Home-Tech employees also provided the labor to help construct the home, in addition to the funding, a $50,000 in donation.
This year’s donation brings Home-Tech’s total giving to over $600,000 to Habitat for Humanity since 2002.
“We are in the business of repairing and replacing air conditioning systems and major home appliances in homes from Sarasota County to Collier County – essentially we are helping people to operate their homes more smoothly, so our partnership with Habitat for Humanity to provide homes for members of our community is a natural extension of what we do,” said Marino. “We know that people who have their family and housing needs met can better balance their personal lives with their job responsibilities, and that is reflected in the work they do. It’s a classic example of win-win. We salute the state of Florida for creating an incentive that will allow more businesses to be good neighbors and make a difference in people’s lives.”
“Habitat for Humanity provides decent, affordable homes for the area’s workforce, which means businesses benefit as well,” said Kitty Green, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties. “Habitat is grateful to the local companies, like Home-Tech, who have participated in Habitat’s mission through the tax credit program.”
Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties uses volunteers and donations to acquire and build decent, affordable homes. Since 1982, Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties has served over 1,190 families. Each new homeowner must pay $1,200 toward their closing costs, invest a minimum of 250 hours of “sweat equity” and attend a series of educational classes. The homeowners then repay the cost of the home through a long-term, zero-interest loan, and the money goes back into the program to build more homes.
Employee-owned Home-Tech has been an industry leader and trendsetter in the fields of air conditioning service and installation, major appliance sales and service, home-service agreements for nearly three decades. Founded in 1981 by Steve Marino, who continues as president and chairman of the board, the privately held Home-Tech employs over 130 people and provides services in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Sarasota and Manatee counties in Southwest Florida. Home-Tech operates from two principal locations. Its headquarters, tech training facility and appliance showroom are located at 6400 Techster Boulevard in Fort Myers and a second office, showroom and training center in Manatee County serving Manatee and Sarasota counties. For more information about Home-Tech, visit www.Home-Tech.com or call 239-433-3344.