By SHERI GASSAWAY
The new year started off on a good note for the Tesson family thanks to Habitat of Humanity of St. Charles, General Motors and scores of UAW Local 2250 and Women Build volunteers.
Late last year, the family received the keys to a brand new home on Cheryl Ann Drive in Wentzville. It was Habitat of Humanity of St. Charles County’s third Women Build home and its 72nd partner family home since 1996.
Volunteers from the GM Wentzville Assembly Plant, UAW 2250 and Women Build partnered to help build the home, and a $1 million grant from the General Motors Foundation helped fund the construction. The grant was part of a fund to build 11 new homes internationally in partnership with up to 50 Habitat affiliates.
Habitat for Humanity recently held a house dedication ceremony for the family, which was well attended by volunteers who helped build the home.
“It was very emotional to see the Tesson family take possession of their new home,” said Becky Schieffer, UAW 2250 member and Women Build volunteer. “I’m so proud Local 2250 could be part of such a worthy endeavor.”
Nancy Laubenthal, GM Wentzville plant manager, said she was glad the plant and the foundation could help out with the effort.
“This meant so much to the Tesson family,” she said. “It’s all about giving families like the Tesson’s stability and a permanent place to call home.”
Lauren Grotegeers, volunteer and resource development coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County, said, “We appreciate our partnership with the GM Foundation and look forward to continued opportunities for providing housing to deserving families in the future.”
This is the third consecutive year the GM Foundation has provided grants to Habitat for Humanity, bringing its total support to more than $3 million.
ABOUT THE GM FOUNDATION
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting education, health and human Services, the environment and community development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit gm.com/gmfoundation.
ABOUT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
OF ST. CHARLES COUNTY
Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County believes that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. The organization builds and repairs houses in St. Charles County using volunteer labor and donations. Partner families buy the homes through no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans and complete a minimum of 350 sweat equity hours. For more information, call 636-978-5712 or visit habitatstcharles.org.