We feel that it is very important that we as a company reach out to those organizations in our community that assist others in achieving those things that we sometimes taken for granted. Recently, we joined forces with Habitat for Humanity in the construction of two new homes in the Over-the-Rhine area in Cincinnati. We have recently completed the project and now have two new families that have benefited from the many folks that have contributed for this very noble cause.
Our president, Steve Bitzer also serves on the board of directors for the Kicks for Kids Organization in the community. This is an organization that has been put together by some of the local professional football celebrities to help needy kids. This had been an opportunity for Deerfield Construction and our employees to give back to our community by participating in events such as the RiverRun to help raise much needed funding.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. HFHI was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife, Linda.
The Reese Family
Denise and her 6-year old son Denzel Reese lived in a two-bedroom apartment in the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati. Denise had been in the same apartment complex for 11 years. The apartment was quite small and is in need of numerous minor repairs. The upstairs apartment had a leak that has resulted in the ceiling being patched over numerous times yet the leak remained. Denise explained that the poor insulation in winter had caused very high utility bills even though the apartment was not kept comfortably warm.
Denise had lacked the space necessary to have her ailing mother move in with her, so she could better take care of her. Her desire was to build and purchase a home with Cincinnati Habitat to provide her child a home of his own and, more importantly, the space needed so Denise’s mother could move in with her family. Denise had worked for the United Parcel Service (UPS) since 1989. Denise said she had always dreamed of having and living in a house of her own. Denise said both her and her son would benefit greatly if they had a home where her son could play comfortably, and have a yard for gardening and that they would both be proud to have friends and family come to their home.
Denise Reese bought the single family, two-story, three- bedroom home from CHfH. The house was built at 288 Mohawk Street in the Over the Rhine Neighborhood of Cincinnati. Denise invested over 500 hours of sweat equity labor during the five-month construction of her home.
The Dowell Family
Joseph, Virginia and their three sons, Jamont (age15), Cedrik (age13) and Joseph III (age 12) lived in a two-bedroom apartment in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. All three boys shared one bedroom and the apartment was in need of many repairs. Their third floor apartment had no window screens and one window did not close. Only half of the floor in the kitchen was tiled, the landlord still had not finished the other half in over one-year. The bathroom sink was propped up on boards. The family said the landlord is very unresponsive to even minor repair calls. The family was in urgent need of a home that provided enough space for the growing family and a minimum standard of decent housing.
Joseph worked at the WM Powell company since 1991 and Virginia had been unable to work due to ailing health problem with her lungs that was compounded daily by her three flight journey up and down the stairs from her apartment.
Joseph and Virginia bought the single family, two-story, three- bedroom home from CHfH. The house was built at 290 Mohawk Street in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. Joseph and Virginia invested over 500 hours of sweat equity labor during the five-month construction of their home. Joseph and Virginia serves as an example to their children of what can be accomplished when one works hard, sets goals and maintains their hope for a better future.
Kicks for Kids
Kicks For Kids (KFK) was founded in 1995 by Doug Pelfrey, the Cincinnati Bengals' kicker from 1993-1999 and second leading scorer. A "hometown guy" who starred at the University of Kentucky, Doug started the charity as a result of his passion to help kids and his commitment to the community in which he lives. Jim Breech, the Bengals' all-time scoring leader who played at Cal and with the Raiders before kicking in Cincinnati from 1980-1992, has served on KFK's Board since 1996. Shayne Graham, a Virginia Tech graduate and former member of the Bills and Panthers, is the Bengals' present kicker and the first to be named to the Pro Bowl (2005). He joined KFK's Board in May of 2005.