Approximately 300 associates of Capital One in Collin County volunteered roughly 1,800 hours to work with Habitat for Humanity of South Collin County (SCC) to help Shannan Williams, a single mother of two, fulfill a lifelong dream – owning a home.
On March 21, Williams received the keys to her brand new home in a dedication and celebration that included house-warming gifts from the Capital One volunteers and associates.
Williams moved to Texas nine years ago for employment and has always dreamed of owning a home for her and her two teenagers, Willie and Kayla. For health reasons, she no longer had the ability to work full time. While working less gave Williams more time to volunteer with her church and community, she was not sure if her dream of owning a home would ever come true, but thanks to Habitat for Humanity and Capital One’s support, it has.
“Capital One has been a huge blessing in this process,” said Williams. “A different department came out every Wednesday, and we bonded like glue. We went from a slab, to a frame, boarding, siding, to painting, and now this perfect blessing is something that I hope to use to be a light to others.”
Williams and her family worked 400 volunteer hours, or “sweat equity,” in building the house alongside the Capital One volunteers. She is purchasing the home on a zero percent interest mortgage and is excited to move her family into a quality home where she can continue volunteering to follow her true passion of helping other single mothers.
“The dedication of our Capital One associates has been tremendous,” said Eric Schuppenhauer, Senior Vice President, Head of Mortgage at Capital One. “They want to see the community thrive, and they want to be an integral part of its success year-round. That’s what Capital One’s East Plano Place-Based Initiative is all about – being a catalyst for the revitalization and growth of the communities we serve and call home.”
Through an approach called Investing for Good, Capital One coordinates business resources and a variety of community development and support for local programs and nonprofit organizations. In 2015 alone, Capital One associates in Collin County volunteered more than 27,000 hours in the community.
Capital One is committed to supporting organizations such as Habitat for Humanity that create a positive impact on local communities and the people and businesses in them. Through its “Home Loans Has Heart” program, launched in September 2013, Capital One made a $70,000 commitment to Habitat for Humanity-SCC. Along with the investment of the home build, Capital One has provided quarterly workshops on homebuyer literacy and various other financial literacy topics.Habitat for Humanity of South Collin County >
Story and photos were provided by C. Pharr & Co.