TDS employees had a terrific day volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah construction site in Hurricane, Utah. The group spent an afternoon working on roof trusses and installing windows. The local Habitat chapter is currently building its 22nd home in Southwest Utah.
Along with pounding nails for the local non-profit, TDS employee Dennis Knipfer, commercial accounts executive, serves as a board member of Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah. Dennis has been with TDS since October, 2012 and has served on the Habitat for Humanity local board since 2015.
Dennis says he enjoys volunteering with Habitat because he sees the positive outcome a home means for a family.
“Habitat has a very good concept,” he said. Habitat partners with low-to-moderate income families in need of safe and affordable housing. Each future, adult homeowner is required to spend 250 hours in sweat equity building their home.
“Families learn firsthand what it takes to build a home,” Dennis said.
In addition, he said, families are required to complete educational courses such as budgeting and home maintenance to prepare them for the rigors of owning a home.
What makes the program affordable, he said, is that homeowners pay Habitat a monthly mortgage at 0% interest rate.
“Habitat really does fulfill the American Dream,” Dennis said.
Thanks to Dennis and the following TDS volunteers for spending a half-day with Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah: Kyle Ziemke, Mateo Lalli, Burke Pemberton, Rodney Mather, Larry Billips, Bianca Sosa, Tiauna Bundy and Brenda Cody.